(NEWSER) – Just when you thought sugar was the leading health villain, along comes salt. Sugary drinks may havecontributed to 180,000 deaths around the globe in 2010, but excessive salt consumption caused 2.3 million deaths that year, according to a new study by the American Heart Association. Some key numbers presented at an AHA meeting yesterday, per Bloomberg and ABC News:
- Excess salt caused 15% of all heart-related deaths.
- 40% of the deaths were premature, meaning they occurred in people aged 69 or younger.