2019 marks the 20th Salt Awareness event. This year, it's time for ACTION on salt! Salt Awareness Week runs from 4th to 10th March 2019.
Many people 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. Salt is hidden in most foods we buy from restaurants, cafes and takeaways, as well as supermarkets.
The Department of Health estimates 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.
Here's what salt does to our bodies:
See the Action on Salt website for further information on salt and your health.
There are ways we can try and cut down on salt:
You can encourage friends and family members to add less salt to their food too and to choose the lower salt option. Check out the NHS website for further in-depth tips.