The Royal Society for Public Health has reportedly called for government action to reduce salt consumption.
According to the BBC, NHS recommends that adults consume no more than 6g of salt
This is (roughly one teaspoon) per day, although reports say the average salt intake for adults should be 8g per day, which is about 33 percent higher.
It is, however, pertinent to note that one of the dangers of eating too much salt is the fact that it raises blood pressure and this is considered a major cause of strokes.
Another danger is that it increases the risk of stomach cancer and osteoporosis.
Owing to this, the World Health Organisation has declared that managing salt intake remains as important as stopping smoking, especially when it comes to reducing heart disease.
- About 75 percent of the salt eaten is found in foods that are eaten every day.
- These include bread, cheese, and sauces, breakfast cereals, jarred sauces, biscuits and cakes amongst others.
- One can easily eat too much salt without realizing.
- It’s very essential to read every nutrition label before buying anything at all.
- Most of the foods that are high in salt don’t usually taste salty.
- Nutritionists opine that it takes around four weeks to reset the taste for salt.