(ORDO NEWS) — According to a study by Queen Mary University of London, by 2050 the UK’s salt reduction program will reduce the number of adults with heart disease by 200,000 and save £1.64 billion.
It would seem that the usual natural “seasoning”, but causes serious consequences.
Excessive salt intake is directly linked to high blood pressure and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as kidney disease, stomach cancer, and osteoporosis.
High blood pressure is the cause of coronary heart disease and more than 60% of strokes.
In 2003-2010, the Food Standards Agency, in collaboration with the food industry, set salt reduction targets for over 85 food categories.
As a consequence, average salt intake at the population level decreased by 15% between 2000 and 2011, with the decline attributed to food reformulation by companies.
The salt reduction program in England from 2003 to 2018 achieved an overall reduction in salt intake of 1 gram/day per adult (from 9.38 grams/day in 2000 to 8.38 grams/day in 2018).
If the downward trend in salt intake continues, by 2050 the program will result in a reduction of 193,870 cases of premature cardiovascular disease (including 83,140 cases of premature coronary heart disease and 110,730 premature strokes), as well as £1.64 billion in cost savings for healthcare.
This experience is a good idea, but in China they even suggested replacing salt with salt substitutes enriched with potassium.
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