Reducing Salt Saves Lives
Here are some of the reasons why
It is estimated that 40% of adults worldwide have high blood pressure
High blood pressure accounts for 60% of all strokes, and 50% of all heart disease.
There are no symptoms for high blood pressure – it is known as the silent killer.
The only way to detect raised blood pressure is to get it checked regularly.
High salt diets in children can also effect blood pressure, and may put a child at increased risk of developing high blood pressure.
SALT AND TASTE
Liking salt and salty food is a learned taste preference, and so it is particularly important to make sure that children to not develop a taste for salt in the first place. When high salt foods are consistently consumed, salt taste receptors are suppressed which creates the habit of eating highly salted foods and leads to greater consumer demand. As salt intake falls, the specific salt taste receptors in the mouth become much more sensitive to lower concentrations of salt and this adjustment takes only one to two months. This means that less salty food will taste as salty as the highly salted food prior to the adjustment.
In high-income countries, 75% of the salt we eat is already in everyday foods such as bread, cheese, processed meats, cereals and sauces, so many of us are eating too much salt without even knowing it. Salt is added to processed foods and meals for a variety of reasons but mainly because it is a low-cost way to add flavour and drive. Evidence suggests that it is possible to make significant reductions of 40-50% in the salt content of a range of products without people noticing.