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Salt and fat costing 40,000 lives a year, says Nice

Published on 23/06/2010
As many as 40,000 lives could be saved every year by reducing the levels of salt and saturated fat found in many types of food.

That is according to the health watchdog the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), the body in charge of regulating services provided on the NHS.

It claims that high levels of salt, saturated fat and the use of dangerous trans fats in junk food is leading to thousands of deaths from heart disease and stroke.

Nice is issuing a public health guidance recommendation to lower salt in the public diet and is aiming for a maximum intake of 6g per day per adult by 2015 and 3g daily by 2025.

Currently, people are consuming an average of around 8.5g a day, two to three times more than the body needs.

In addition, the organisation is calling on manufacturers to reduce the levels of saturated fat in all food products, and eliminate the use of trans fats - proven to increase the risk of heart disease and stroke - from processed food and takeaways.

Trans fats are the result of partially hydrogenating vegetable oil and are attractive to those in the food industry due to their low cost and longer shelf life.
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