Today is World Heart Day, a date on which we are reminded that Noncommunicable diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the leading causes of premature death in the 21st century.
“WHO is calling on countries to take action on the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction recommendations to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke, and, in turn, save lives… ‘Global action plan to reduce noncommunicable diseases’ that comprises nine global targets, including one to reduce global salt intake by a relative 30% by 2025.” -World Health Organization, WHO
The goal is to save millions of lives internationally from heart disease; you see, risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke is increased by consumption of sodium. On average, people consume around 10 grams of salt per day… But, the problem arises in that Sodium or Salt is used as a condiment in many countries, “80% of salt intake comes from processed foods such as bread, cheese, bottled sauces, cured meats and ready-made meals.” -WHO
Doctors suggest reducing salt intake, as one of the most effective ways to better health by using strategies to reduce salt consumption that include:
Better regulations of food manufacturers and beverage manufacturers; make healthy food (with low salt) affordable; foster healthy eating environments by promoting education in public places such as schools, hospitals, workplaces and public institutions; prompting clear food labeling.
Here is a great tip… remove the salt dispenser from your dining table and
limit the amount of salt you cook with to about a fifth of a Tsp. Daily!