Advice Not To Be Taken With a Grain of Salt

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Salt Intake

safefood, the Food Safety Promotion Board has launched a campaign outlining the need to reduce salt intake. Research has revealed that people generally consume over double their recommended daily allowance (RDA) of salt1. High dietary salt intake is associated with high blood pressure, which in turn causes heart disease and stroke.

Salt in recommended amounts is essential to health, helping to maintain water balance, healthy blood pressure and healthy muscles and nerves. safefood research reveals that only 4% of people on the island of Ireland know what an acceptable intake of salt is ie: 6 grams (g).2 As food intake surveys show that people consume double this amount, reducing levels of salt consumption is necessary.