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Celebrate World Salt Awareness Week 2016

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This guest blog post was written by Saadia Noorani, UK Registered Public Health Nutritionist for WASH.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of World Salt Awareness Week which runs from 29 February to 6 March 2016.
This annual global event organized by World Action on Salt (WASH) is held to highlight the importance of reducing salt intake in all populations throughout the world.

World Salt Awareness Week Feb 29 - Mar 6, 2016

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that we limit our salt intake to 5g per day (which translates as 2,000mg sodium); however most of the world’s population consumes much more than this. High salt intakes can damage our health by raising our blood pressure and increasing our risk of developing heart disease and stokes; the two leading causes of death worldwide. This is why it’s important we all work towards reducing our salt intake.

Hidden Salt

The theme for this year is hidden salt focusing on salt that is hidden in everyday foods that we buy. In many countries, the majority of salt consumed, about 75-80%, is already present in ready-made processed packaged, and restaurant foods. So without taking into account salt added at the table or during cooking, adults and children already overdoing the salt from everyday foods we buy. Foods with hidden salt may include: breads and rolls, cheese, cold cuts and cured meats, soup, and sandwiches. It is important to check the nutrition label of foods when out shopping and choose foods with less sodium. It is equally important for food companies to reduce the amount of salt in foods we already buy.

This World Salt Awareness Week we are calling for more action from everyone: government, the food industry, catering sectors, health professionals and the general public. We can all do our bit to eat less salt and improve our health.

The World Action on Salt & Health website provides a variety of downloadable resources; visit the site to download our hidden salt poster for this year (also available in other languages) and our shopping guide to help your choose lower salt options.

What will you do to raise awareness about salt this week?

Start by sharing this blog post and helping us spread the word! Follow the conversation in social media using the hashtags #LessSaltPlease, #SaltAwarenessWeek and #WorldSaltAwarenessWeek

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World Action on Salt (WASH) was founded in 2005 and is a global group with a mission to improve the health of populations throughout the world by achieving a gradual reduction in salt intake. For further information visit their website at www.worldactiononsalt.com.

Saadia Noorani is the UK Registered Public Health Nutritionist for WASH.

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