The Chinese people have used salt to prepare and preserve food for thousands of years. But consuming lots of salt raises blood pressure, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease which is the cause for 40% of deaths in China. While salt intake in northern China has declined over the past four decades, which may be the result of the government’s efforts to increase salt awareness, salt intake in southern China has increased during that same period, which could be due to increased consumption of processed, restaurant and takeaway foods. These lifestyle differences coincide with the rapid growth of China’s mega cities and the increasing affluence of their populations which lets them eat out more.
The article recommends replacing regular salt with potassium salt. However, that has its own problems. Potassium consumed in excess may be harmful for some people. For example, many persons with kidney problems are unable to rid their bodies of excessive potassium, which could result in a deadly situation. The best solution is to go salt free.