Category: Research

10 Nov 2019

Researcher Profile: Jacqui Webster

I was appointed as Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction at the George Institute in 2013. I remain committed to supporting countries around the world to meet the global salt reduction targets and am constantly inspired by the innovative efforts of many countries and communities to reduce population salt […]

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29 Oct 2019

Use of ‘low-salt’ bread as part of a reduced salt diet important in reducing blood pressure – Ireland

Bread is a major contributor to salt intake in Ireland. Cashman K et al recently published a study in Nutrients investigating the consumption of ‘low-salt’ bread, and its influence on blood pressure. Ninety seven adults participated in a five week cross-over study, which included salt intake estimated from 24-hr urine collections. They found that salt […]

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29 Oct 2019

An evaluation of the sodium content and compliance with sodium reduction targets in Costa Rica

Vega-Solano et al described the sodium levels in packaged foods and assessed the compliance of packaged foods in Costa Rica with national targets from 2015 to 2018. Costa Rica have sodium reduction targets for 6 food categories: Condiments, cookies and biscuits, bread products, processed meats, bakery products, and sauces. They found that there was a […]

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29 Oct 2019

Changing Sodium Knowledge, Attitudes and Intended Behaviours Using Web-Based Dietary Assessment Tools – Canada

Jefferson K et al investigated the use of novel web-based tools to provide tailored feedback regarding sodium knowledge, attitudes and behaviours. 199 individuals took part in the single arm pre- and post- test study, testing the use of the Sodium Calculator and the Sodium Calculator Plus. Sodium related knowledge increased after use of both calculators, […]

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29 Oct 2019

Sodium intake from foods exceeds recommended limits in the Spanish population: The ANIBES Study

Published in Nutrients, Partearroyo et al described the contribution of foods to sodium consumption in the Spanish population from three-day food records. Sodium intake from food was estimated to be 2025mg per day, or 5.06g salt, excluding discretionary salt. The main dietary sources were meat products (27%) and cereal and grain products (26%), followed by […]

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26 Aug 2019

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 […]

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26 Aug 2019

‘Low-Salt’ Bread as an Important Component of a Pragmatic Reduced-Salt Diet for Lowering Blood Pressure in Adults with Elevated Blood Pressure

A 5 week food-based randomised crossover trial by Cashman K et al assessed the effect of including ‘low salt’ bread as part of a reduced-salt diet on blood pressure, markers of bone metabolism and plasma lipids in adults with elevated blood pressure in Ireland. 97 participants were randomly assigned to either the reduced-salt diet or […]

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26 Aug 2019

The Healthfulness of the US Packaged Food and Beverage Supply: A Cross-Sectional Study

Baldridge A et al conducted a cross-sectional analysis of US packaged food and beverage supply in 2018 using data from Label Insight’s Open Data, which represents over 80% of the all products over the past 3 years. Nutrition data from over 230,000 products was obtained and healthfulness was assessed by Health Star Rating (HSR) and […]

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26 Aug 2019

Trends in Blood Pressure and Usual Dietary Sodium Intake Among Children and Adolescents, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003 to 2016

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 […]

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