Do you have more than one teaspoon of salt a day?

Posted by Patricia Wakeford on

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Almost three million deaths from heart disease could be prevented, while more than a million deaths from stroke could also be avoided.

On average, people in the UK and other Western countries eat almost 10g of salt a day, despite the World Health Organisation recommendation being 5g - or one teaspoon.

The overall review, published online in the British Medical Journal, found that people who regularly consumed 5g of salt a day too much had a 23% greater risk of stroke. They also had a 17% greater chance of developing heart disease.

A reduction of 5g (about one teaspoon) of salt would bring consumption close to the WHO recommended level. "Fatality rates for strokes are estimated at one in three and those for total cardiovascular (heart) disease at one in five.

"A reduction in salt intake could avert some 1.25m deaths from stroke and almost 3m deaths from cardiovascular disease each year."

This seems a very good reason to cut down salt intake. More herbs and spices instead of salt from now on!

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Patricia is a Senior Associate, in our Clinical Negligence team, and is also a qualified midwife with many years of experience working in the NHS.

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