\" \" Salt-lovers rejoice: A new study finds that the average consumption is safe for heart health. Fertnig/Getty ImagesIf you've reached a certain age, your doctor or conventional wisdom has likely prompted you to put the salt shaker down and back away slowly. They found that only people who consume greater than 5 grams of sodium per day (which is about 2.5 teaspoons of salt) are at increased risk of related problems. What's more, a mere 5 percent of people in developed countries actually meet that staggering salt intake. \"In communities that consumed less than five grams of sodium a day, the opposite was the case.