How to reduce salt

Reducing salt intake by 30% by 2025

to control and prevent non-communicable diseases

Reducing salt intake requires population based, multi-sectoral and culturally relevant approaches.

The first step is to identify where salt in the diet is coming from which includes:

  • salt added by individuals during cooking and at the table,
  • salt in processed food,
  • salt in food eaten out of the home for example restaurants, and food outlets
  • and food prepared in institutions such as hospitals, schools and the workplace.

Government policies and strategies should create environments that enable everyone to eat a healthy diet which includes adequate amounts of safe and nutritious foods – which do not contain too much salt, fat and sugar.

In order to support this, WHO has developed a complete salt reduction package complete THE SHAKE PACKAGE to support countries to reduce population level salt intake.

Click here to find out more about SHAKE

A success salt reduction programme requires a clear strategy with strong leadership and support, which includes:

A comprehensive surveillance plan to measure and monitor salt intakes, and levels of salt in the food supply.

A comprehensive social marketing campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of eating too much salt

A comprehensive reformulation plan to reduce the amount of salt added to processed foods by the food industry and foods eaten out of the home by the catering industry to defined levels within specific timeframes

A clear and consistent food labelling system to enable consumers to understand what is the food that they are buying and restrict marketing of foods that are high in salt, particularly to children

Applied across all settings, for example places where people live, work and play.

Salt reduction programs have a high impact on health, high feasibility and a low cost of implementation.

WHOCC works to support countries around the world to achieve a gradual reduction in salt intake towards the global target. We value the need for collective action to ensure that salt reduction efforts are successful, to save the maximum number of lives.

Click here to find out how we can support you to reduce salt intake in your country