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Eat Less Salt

How much salt do we eat?

Most people eat too much salt without even realising it. This is because up to 80% of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy, including bread, cereal and cakes. In the majority of countries around the world, including the USA, UK and Australia, only a small amount of salt is added at the table or during preparation.

However in a small number of countries, including China and Bangladesh, around 80% of daily intake comes from salt added in the home.

WASH want to help you choose how much salt manufacturers put in your food eaten either at home or away from the home, as well as encouraging you to use other flavourings in your food instead of table salt.

Why is salt bad for our health?

Salt puts up our blood pressure, raised blood pressure (hypertension) is the major factor in strokes, heart failure and heart attacks, a major cause of death and disability worldwide.  There is also increasing evidence of a link between our current high salt intake and stomach cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, kidney stones and kidney disease.  

How much salt should we eat?

Adults should eat no more than 5g of salt a day, and children even less according to the World Health Organisation.

Recommendations for children

How can we eat less salt?

WASH undertake surveys of foods sold around the world, in supermarkets or local restaurants, to find out which products are still being sold with lots of salt, and which manufacturers sell customers products that are low in salt.

Click on the links on the left to find out which foods contain salt, and how to cut it out.  We also have a range of tasty recipes that are low in salt for you to try.  We would like you to get involved in our campaign, see what you can do to get involved.

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