Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It's World Salt Awareness Week

11-17 March is World Salt Awareness Week.

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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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16 comments:

  1. Who knew there was a whole week for salt awareness? I don't always add salt to our cooking, though my parents did. Dad would say, we live in the tropics so you sweat more so you need to up your salt intake!

    Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses #teamIBOT

    Oh and I saw you at HT&T, great post

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    1. I only found out through the National Stroke Foundation, so I'm glad I found out before the week was over and could help spread the word! I'm meant to be on a low-salt diet anyway, so never add salt to anything and always check the ingredients and RDI panels on food.

      Thanks - it was lots of fun!

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  2. Loved your post over at HTandT today!

    I hardly ever add any salt to my food because of how much is already in everything. Mu Mum, and my sister-in-law on the other hand, add ridiculous amounts of salt to everything they eat and won't be deterred.

    #teamIBOT was here!

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    1. Thanks, Kylie!

      And oh no! Well, World Salt Awareness Week is the perfect time to get on their case about it!!

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  3. I did not know there was an awareness week but did know the links. the one consistent thing in my health is my blood pressure thank god . i swear i smile big every time i go to the doc and she checks as i get that before we talk about all my chronic ailments etc

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    1. Oh, I'm glad your blood pressure is good. Mine's high, but since I know about it I can manage it pretty well with diet and meds.

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  4. Well, this reminds me of an episode of My Kitchen Rules a couple of weeks ago where a woman felt she had added enough salt to her meal, and the chef Pete Evans disagreed and thought she had completely forgotten the "seasoning" (read: salt). I have has the occasional dish at a restaurant that was inedible as it was too salty. I'd rather add my own.

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    1. Hmmmm, someone needs to tell Pete it's World Salt Awareness Week!

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  5. I've never really added salt to my cooking, or my dinner. Thankfully if you never START a habit, you never have to STOP!

    Sugar on the other hand ... *sigh*

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    1. Ah, sugar. Yes. I can gloat about my low consumption of salt, but we all know where I stand on sugar! Oops...

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  6. I totally loved your guest post. And yep dirty old salt, I've written many an article about it - I NEVER add salt to our meals, there is enough floating around in our diets :)

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    1. Thanks, Em! It was fun writing for another blog and testing a different format to the 'lesson' style post.

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  7. I did not know about WASH, so thanks for the heads up. I like salt, but only use the expensive sea salt, so that is perfectly OK, right? lols.
    xx

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    1. I'm sure if it's expensive it's really good for you. That's my theory with Lindt chocolate, anyway.

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  8. I am a fan of salt, but try not to add it too much. I never add it to the kids food at all.
    I'm lucky in that I've always had low blood pressure, so I don't have to stress too much about that aspect of it.

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    1. It's good that you don't have to worry too much about it. And even better that you still don't add much! As always, you're a champion, Jess!

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