“The number of deaths that occur because we eat too much salt is equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every single day,” says Stephen Havas, a professor of epidemiology, preventive medicine, and medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “People should be outraged.”
Havas and experts at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute estimate that 400 Americans die each day of heart attacks, strokes, and other diseases caused by salt’s impact on their blood pressure. “And that may be a conservative estimate,” he adds.
“If you give people an extra few grams of potassium, it can lower blood pressure by three or four points,” says Kaplan. “But potassium can cause stomach irritation if you get it in a salt substitute,” he adds. It’s better to get it from potassium- rich foods.