According to the World Health Organisation: “Most people consume too much salt — on average 9–12 grams per day, or around twice the recommended maximum level of intake”.
They estimate that about 2.5 million deaths could be prevented each year if global salt consumption were reduced to the recommended level: 5 grams per adult per day. This is because salt is our primary source of sodium, which is associated with hypertension and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
The NZ Heart Foundation estimates that about 75% of our sodium intake comes from processed foods. “Bread is the largest contributor, followed by processed meats such as sausages, bacon, and ham. Sauces, cheese, and breakfast cereals can also be high in salt”, says NZHF Head of Nutrition, Dave Monro.
Learn more about sodium by taking the 5-minute salt awareness challenge, here.
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