Less salt, more potassium
Researchers recently conducted an investigation into Chinese people's dietary habits and suggested they should consume less sodium and more potassium.
The research team, led by the George Institute for Global Health (China), the Chinese Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and Queen Mary University of London, collected data from a survey of more than 5,300 participants in six provinces.
The results revealed the average sodium intake was over 4,300 mg per day (equivalent to 11 grams of salt), whereas the average daily potassium intake was below 1,600 mg.
A high-salt and low-potassium diet is common in the Chinese population.
It has previously been demonstrated that sodium and potassium intakes are associated with blood pressure.
The researchers called on people across the country to decrease salt and increase potassium in their diets to prevent and control hypertension, thus reducing their risk of cardiovascular disease.