High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, so lowering blood pressure by reducing sodium intake can also lower your risk for heart attack and stroke. “Worldwide, 54 per cent of strokes and 47 per cent of heart disease are attributed to hypertension,” says Dr Yehya. “Excess sodium has blood pressure-independent effects promoting left ventricular hypertrophy [a pumping problem of the heart’s main chamber] as well as fibrosis [thickening and scarring] in the heart and arteries.” Although there has been some debate on the direct link between salt consumption and heart health, heat specialists remain convinced that sodium reduction is beneficial. Learn how salt became the modern-day food manufacturer’s best friend – and how to reduce your intake.
15 things that happen to your body when you cut back on salt
Reducing sodium in your diet can improve your health – but it may also have some effects you wouldn’t expect.
Your risk of heart attack and stroke will go down