National Salt Awareness Week 2011

This week is National Salt Awareness Week 2011, a week which is focussing on men and the effect of salt on their health. The week is run by Consensus Actions on Salt and Health (CASH), who have teamed up with various charities including the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK to provide the public with comprehensive information and advice about salt and diet.

According to research, men have higher blood pressure, eat more salt, less fruit and veg and are less likely to visit their GP compared to women. Cardiovascular Disease represents 30 per cent of deaths among men and before reaching 75 men stand double the risk of dying prematurely from the disease. These deaths are preventable and many of them could be saved by simply eating less salt.

According to CASH, the maximum recommended daily intake of salt for adults is 6g, or a teaspoons worth. However, people in the UK are actually eating an average of 8.6g of salt each day, with some  young men consuming 10g, almost double their recommended allowance.

The reason behind why men exceed their recommended daily salt allowance so dramatically could be attributed to the fact that according to a recent CASH opinion poll, only 15 per cent of men know that the recommendation is 6g per day.

If you would like to find out more about Salt Awareness Week please visit the CASH website here.

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Emma Hilton

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