We all know how important it is to eat healthily however how many of us actuall;y know the harm too much salt can have?
It is estimated by the Department of Health that if we could reduce our average salt intake from 8g per day to 6g per day, we could prevent more than 8,000 premature deaths (i.e. deaths before the age of 70) from heart attacks and stroke
The thing we need to do is start young. Ensuring our children do not start the habit of over indulging in salt will set the presidence for future life. Educating also with negative conetations of what salt can do will firmly stamp in the minds of children at a young age which will then continue in adulthood.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence estimates that every 1g salt reduction could save our over-burdened NHS £1.5 billion in healthcare costs Many people now know that eating too much salt is bad for their health and are actively looking to cut down. However, 75% of the salt we eat comes from salt added to food by the food industry. This is another reason that avoiding processed altogether foods is the best way to think
ink. It is suggested that help needs to come from the government and the food industry. The UK's once world-leading salt reduction programme, led by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), involved setting voluntary targets for salt levels in more than 80 categories of food that the food industry could work towards. The FSA monitored progress, made results public and named-and-shamed those companies that weren’t making progress. However I say we can do this ourselves. No one is forcing us to eat these foods.
It is unacceptable that the UK population is burdened with unnecessary deaths. It is unacceptable that the next generation face a future of preventable health conditions. It's time to DO.
The food industry must commit to salt reduction
The government must commit to a strong salt reduction policy
We must make their voice heard and practise what we preach!
There are things we can do like write to food companies to ask for less salt in food, write to your MP to ask for a more ACTION on salt, share your personal salt reduction strategy on social media, encourage friends and family members to add less salt to food and to choose the lower salt option. However first lets start at home. If we do it, feel the benefits then it will only be natural to inform others of how great we feel.