In 2016, National Salt Awareness Week will be running from 29 February – 6 March, and it aims to give you the low down on salt intake. And this year the focus of the campaign is on highlighting the importance of giving children a low salt diet early in life.
It’s all about looking out for hidden salt. Many foods have hidden salt in them. Of course, it’s easy when you are the person in control in the kitchen, but it’s more difficult when you’re eating out. That’s why organisers of the campaign will be speaking to chefs, fast food and takeaways to ensure that they are made aware of the implications of a high salt diet.
Did you know that stroke is the third biggest killer in the UK. Salt is the major factor that raises blood pressure and high blood pressure is the single most important risk factor for stroke. Reducing average salt intake by just 1g/day can prevent at least 2,600 deaths from stroke every year, plus the additional thousands of events that do not result in death.
You may think a sprinkle of salt on your food might not do much damage, but eating food high in salt can result in a whole host of health problems.
Organised in association with the Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), the week aims to get you thinking and realise that a high salt diet can affect anyone, not just those with problems like obesity, which people often think.
When you think of salt-related conditions, the first thing that crosses your mind might be heart disease, but salt can also cause problems like osteoporosis, kidney disease, and even stomach cancer. Each year the awareness week works with great charities like the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK to raise awareness.
Find out how you can get involved by visiting the National Salt Awareness Week website.