The WHO issued new guidelines on dietary sodium and potassium intake, warning that persons with elevated sodium levels and low potassium levels “could be at risk of raised blood pressure which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.”
According to the World Health Organization most people consume too much sodium and not enough potassium. “Recent data on sodium intake show that populations around the world are consuming much more sodium than is physiologically necessary,” the WHO said.
It recommended that adults limit their salt intake to 5 grams a day and their sodium intake to 2 grams a day and that it “should be adjusted downward based on the energy requirements of children relative to those of adults.”
Adults’ potassium intake, meanwhile, should be at least 3,510 mg a day. Children should likewise increase their potassium intake with the adult requirement adjusted downward based on their energy requirements.