World Salt Awareness Week is an initiative of World Action on Salt and Health (WASH).
WASH provides the following information on salt consumption:
Most people eat too much salt without even realising it. You could be eating too much because about 75% of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy; only a small amount is added to our food at home. WASH want to help you choose how much salt manufacturers put in your food eaten either at home or away from the home.
Salt puts up our blood pressure, raised blood pressure (hypertension) is the major factor in strokes, heart failure and heart attacks, a major cause of death and disability worldwide. There is also increasing evidence of a link between our current high salt intake and stomach cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, kidney stones and kidney disease.
WASH will be holding its 6th World Salt Awareness Week on Monday 11th – Sunday 17th March 2013. We will be asking for ‘Less Salt Please’, showing how everybody, including chefs, can use less salt and still enjoy the great flavour of their food.
The recommended daily intake of salt is no more than 5g per day for adults, and even less for children.
Visit the WASH website today to learn the recommended maximum salt intakes by age, discover how you can reduce your salt intake with some low salt recipes, and to find out what else is happening for World Salt Awareness Week.
Did you know about World Salt Awareness week? Were you aware of the links between hypertension and salt intake?
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I am here. Writing this post. And (cue Twilight Zone music) I am also here: