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STUDY: Cutting salt intake could save a half-million lives

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Posted at 8:04 PM, Feb 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-11 20:04:45-05

(CBS News) – Researchers at the University of California San Francisco found as many as a half-million lives could be saved over the next decade, if Americans reduced their salt intake to a little more than 2,000 milligrams a day.

That’s less than one teaspoon of salt for daily consumption.

Too much sodium contributes to high blood pressure, which increases heart attack and stroke risks.