Millennials Urged To Tackle Hidden Salt Problem

13:56' 08-05-2018
Professor Michael Stowasser, President of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia, is calling on millennials (20-40 year olds) to raise their parents awareness of the dangers of salt.
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    The World Health Organisation recommends maximum daily salt intake of 5 grams for adults, and less for children. On food labels this would appear as 200 mg sodium. Excess daily consumption can lead to increased blood pressure, possibly resulting in heart attacks and strokes.

    However, research has shown that Australians consume around 9 grams of salt per day, nearly double the recommended amount.

    Most people have no idea how much salt they consume each day. High levels of hidden salt in packaged foods, including bread, make it “almost impossible” to stay within safe limits. Such foods might not even taste salty. A single ham and cheese sandwich can contain as much as 3 grams of salt, two thirds of the daily allowance.

    Around 1 in 4 Australians aged 55 to 64 have high blood pressure, which rises to almost one in two in Australians over the age of 75 years. Professor Stowasser calls blood pressure “a silent killer”, as there is no way of knowing if you have high blood pressure unless you get checked regularly.

    The Heart Foundation estimates that reducing the average salt intake by 3 grams per day could lead to a 22% reduction in deaths from strokes, and a 16% reduction in deaths from coronary heart disease.

    Australians are being encouraged to share a video campaign on social media, featuring young adults telling their parents to get their blood pressure checked, along with the hashtag #BecauseIsayso. The video can be seen at www.georgeinstitute.org.au/videos/world-hypertension-day-2018.

    The George Institute has developed a FoodSwitch app, to help people find less salty food alternatives. The app can be downloaded at www.georgeinstitute.org/projects/foodswitch.

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