An article published in the Journal of Hypertension Research reminds us that the prevalence of hypertension in the adult population of Croatia is 37%. Data from the 2009 Salt Mapping study within the country found that average salt intake was 11.6g per person per day, which was higher for men (13.3g/day) than women (10.2g/day). Furthermore, the article states that salt in bakery products ranges from 0.96% to 2.05%. Therefore, just 2 slices of bread could be contributing as much as 1.56g of salt to the daily diet. Croatian data shows that on average, the population will consume 4 slices a day, which means they are receiving more than 3g of salt a day from bread alone. The article calls for renewed support of the CRASH program to achieve a gradual reduction in population salt intake, as well as a decrease in prevalence of hypertension, without negatively harming the bakery industry.
World Salt Awareness Week
Croatia held a conference featuring experts, the food industry, patients and students and conducted a radio interview on the subject of World Salt Awareness Week. Croatia also intends to highlight the issues of salt and hypertension in the World Hypertension Day (17 May 2008).
The Croatian Chapter of WASH - Croatian Action on Salt and Health (CRASH) - was launched at the Croatian Congress on Atherosclerosis.