Salt Intake: Monitor How Much You Eat


Salt provides the much required taste to our food. However, in extra amounts it can be harmful to humans. Repeated advice by doctors and better awareness has resulted in cutting down of intake but monitoring of diets need to continue, say experts. Salt continues to be consumed in higher amount despite the reduction, says Public Health England (PHE). On an average people consume at least 2 grams more salt than recommended, PHE adds. The efforts have borne fruits and overall consumption of the white matter has gone down by 11 percent in the past decade. The biggest threat from this ‘taste enhancing’ commodity is increased instances of high blood pressure and its effects on health. The manufacturers of packaged food and others have also risen to the occasion and reduced the amount of salt and such ingredients in their food. Besides, people eating such food too have become more aware and ensure to check the labels before purchasing what they eat.Like us on Facebook Trend has seen a reduction in intake As per estimates the intake by people fell by 15 percent in the decade between 2001 and 2011. Pixabay Obesity In Kids Linked With Too Much Salt According to Dr Alison Tedstone, Director of diet, nutrition and obesity at PHE’s Health and Wellbeing Directorate, “The majority of the salt we eat is in everyday foods so it’s important to check labels and choose lower content options. Many manufacturers and retailers have significantly reduced the levels in everyday foods. However, more needs to be done, especially by restaurants, cafes and takeaways.” Izzi Seccombe, community and well-being spokeswoman for the Local Government Association was of the opinion that several health issues and deaths could be avoided by simply reducing the amount of salt present in the human diet. An organisation named Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has come out in support of setting an agency that will look solely into matters of nutrition in England. There are also concerns about the amount of sugar and fats present in our common foods and the need to reduce the same. Photo: Pixabay, Pixabay