Published on 22/06/2012
Men are consuming 50 per cent more than the recommended daily allowance of salt, according to a government report.
Brits are still eating too much salt
The Department of Health took urine samples from 547 adults aged between 19 and 64 for its annual report on dietary sodium intakes.
Adults are advised to consume no more than 6g of sodium a day. But according to its report, men are consuming a daily average of 9.3g of salt, and women 6.8g a day.
Overall, the mean overall daily intake was 8.1g. This is a downward trend from 9.5g in 2000-01.
British Heart Foundation senior dietician Victoria Taylor said: “It’s good news that salt intakes appear to be slowly falling but there is still some way to go.
“Reformulation of foods has helped to reduce salt in our diets but it’s vital this work continues across the food industry so we can make further progress towards the national target of no more than 6g of salt a day.
“What is also interesting is that men are lagging behind when it comes to salt intake. We know women take advantage of food labels which could be helping them avoid salty foods, but it looks like men might need more help in the supermarket.
“Clear and consistent front-of-pack labels, with traffic light colours, will help us all to make healthier choices.”
If you eat too much salt, your volume of body fluids increases and pushes up your blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease or stroke, causing you to claim on your health insurance.
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