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LoSalt’s Radio Day - “side-lined salt”

16 marzo 2017

In the run up to Salt Awareness Week 2017 on 20th-26th March, LoSalt commissioned a survey into how much people really know about their own salt intake and what (if any) links this may have to health. The results were very interesting!

The new research shows that although excess dietary salt is an easily modifiable risk factor for high blood pressure, more than half of the population (58%) are not concerned about how much salt they eat preferring instead to focus on their sugar intake.

With this sidelining of salt, an overwhelming 86 per cent of people are unaware that the recommended daily amount (RDA) of salt is 6g per day, the equivalent to one teaspoon. What's more, it is those aged over 55 who are least likely to know the RDA (10%), despite being the demographic that are most at risk from high blood pressure and stroke which salt is linked to.

High blood pressure affects 1 in 4 adults, however 41 per cent of people do not know there is a link between salt and high blood pressure. We encourage the use of LoSalt at meal times because it seasons food just as regular salts do, but with 66% less sodium - the component which can lead to high blood pressure. For those people who can't 'shake the shake' we encourage the use of LoSalt containing just one third the harmful sodium of regular table, sea & rock salts.

At LoSalt we want to help bring the salt debate back to the fore of the public health agenda and really help build understanding of the health implications involved with salt consumption. LoSalt brand ambassador and GP Dr Sarah Jarvis recently took part in a radio day to discuss and advise on reducing your daily salt intake.

Here are Dr Sarah Jarvis's top tips on how to cut down on salt and lead a healthier, balanced lifestyle:

  • Try to cut down on processed food as this is where the majority of salt in our diets come from. Ready meals, readymade sauces and soups are often high in salt
  • Keep processed meats to a minimum. Bacon, ham and sausages contain salt 
  • Don't be duped into thinking posh gourmet salts are better for you. Some of these manufacturers make very misleading claims. They all contain exactly the same amount of sodium as regular table salt and any other trace minerals will be present in such small quantities that you won't get any benefit
  • Remember, high blood pressure is very common and it often has no symptoms. It usually affects people as they get older and will be checked as part of your NHS health check which you are invited to every five years between the ages of 40-74. It's important that you attend these health checks as they can help detect early signs for high blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia.
  • Avoid seasoning and adding salt to food at home. Try using herbs, spices and lemon juice instead. Weaning yourself off salt takes some getting used to, but your palate will adjust. If you can't go without salt, then you are better to use a reduced sodium salt like LoSalt instead. It is the sodium in salt which is linked to high blood pressure

INTERVIEWEES

Sarah Jarvis

Dr Sarah Jarvis
Practising GP, Clinical Consultant and Medical Commentator for TV, Press & Radio  

Caroline Klinge

Caroline Klinge
Technical Sales Manager, LoSalt