Experts suggest that the small change could significantly influence the management of high blood pressure.

An international group of experts has issued a recommendation for the inclusion of low-sodium, potassium-enriched salt in the treatment guidelines for hypertension, as published in the American Heart Association’s scientific journal, Hypertension.

High levels of sodium intake and low levels of potassium intake are widespread, and both are linked to high blood pressure (hypertension) and a greater risk of stroke, heart disease, and premature death. Using a salt substitute where part of the sodium chloride is replaced with potassium chloride addresses both problems at once.

Professor Alta Schutte, at The George Institute for Global Health and UNSW Sydney said that despite data from randomized controlled trials demonstrating the health benefits of potassium-enriched, sodium-reduced salt substitutes, they are rarely used.

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