Good news . . . your terrible, salty diet might be SAVING YOUR LIFE.
Experts usually say to limit your intake of sodium to 2,300 milligrams a day if you're under 50 . . . then 1,500 milligrams after that. But only 4% of us actually do it. The average American actually eats about 3,400 milligrams a day.
Well, a new study in "The New England Journal of Medicine" looked at more than 100,000 people in 17 different countries over the course of four years.
And they found that people who ate between 3,000 and 6,000 milligrams of salt a day had FEWER heart problems, and were less likely to die for ANY reason than people who consumed more OR LESS than that.
They say it still makes sense to limit your salt intake if you have high blood pressure. And you shouldn't eat more than 6,000 milligrams a day regardless.
Also, if you're planning to put salt on EVERYTHING now, you should probably be getting more potassium too. The study also found that people who consumed more than 1,500 milligrams of potassium were healthier than people who didn't.
Potassium is found in things like beans, leafy greens, and bananas, and prevents sodium from messing with your blood pressure too much.