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Fewer heart deaths linked to reduction in salt intake

Researchers found a direct link between lower salt consumption and falling numbers of heart disease deaths.

But they said the amount of salt eaten is still far too high.

Average salt intake fell by around 15 per cent in recent years, while deaths from heart disease were down by 40 per cent and stroke deaths by 42 per cent.

The reduction in salt is believed to have played a key role by lowering blood pressure.

The authors, from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Queen Mary University, London, said: “The reduction in salt intake is likely to be an important contributor to the falls in blood pressure from 2003 to 2011.”

The resulting lower mortality rate was seen as “considerable progress”.

But the authors pointed out that the average salt intake was still 8.1 grammes day in 2011, 35 per cent higher than the recommended 6 grammes.

They warned that 80 per cent of men and 58 per cent of women had a daily salt intake above the recommended level.

I never add salt to my food but I do add pepper.  I hate foods that are too salty like fish or gammon.  I don't like the chippy adding salt to my chips!

Its virtually impossible to keep to the recommended level of 6 grammes cos manufacturers of food nowadays add salt to virtually everything. A standard ready meal typically has almost 50 % of this level alone.
I too stopped regularly adding salt to my meals a few years back ,and only occasionally add Sea Salt sparingly to one or two meals. Forum Index -> Liverpool News & Chat
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