To legislate or not to legislate? The need for legislative policies in food reformulation

During this year’s International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity conference a symposium was conducted on the use of legislation to aid reformulation and create healthier food environments. A/Prof Jacqui Webster chaired the symposium which included three presentations, the first by Clare Farrand from The George Institute (TGI) on a rapid review of sugar […]

Dietary Sources of Salt in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Menyanu E et al recently published a systematic literature review, investigating the dietary sources of salt in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs), published in Environmental Research and Public Health. They reviewed articles that included information on dietary intake of salt using dietary assessment methods, food composition tables, and/or laboratory analysis of the salt content […]

Staff Profile: Dejen Tekle

Dejen Tekle is a PhD student and research fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. He works for the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team in supporting salt reduction research and advocacy activities, in Africa and globally. Dejen commenced his PhD at the University of New South Wales, faculty of Medicine in February […]

Trends in Blood Pressure and Usual Dietary Sodium Intake Among Children and Adolescents

Overwyk K et al investigated temporal trends and secular changes in blood pressure in 12,249 individuals aged 8 to 17 years, who participated in the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, from 2003 to 2016. Sodium intake was estimated from dietary data, and logistic regression was used to investigate secular trends and the associations […]

The Science of Salt: A global review on changes in sodium levels in foods

A global review by Santos JA et al in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension summarised and synthesised the evidence for changes in sodium levels in food products. The review included studies from 2013 to 2018 that were published in the Science of Salt Weekly newsletter, which are identified through a weekly MEDLINE search. 24 relevant […]

Effects of urinary sodium-to-potassium ratio change on blood pressure

Pereira T et al recently published results from the ELSA-Brazil longitudinal health study, investigating the effect of urinary sodium-to-potassium (Na/K) ratio on blood pressure (BP). 14,014 participants completed baseline measurements and, four years later, follow-up measurements. Overnight (12-hour) urine samples were collected and validated equations were used to translate these measures into 24-hour sodium and […]