Salt Awareness Week 2019: Time for Action on Salt
Official UK website for Action on Salt has the following information –
Salt is hidden in most foods we buy from restaurants, cafes, takeaways and supermarkets.
The Department of Health estimates that if we could reduce our average salt intake from 8g per day to 6g per day, we could prevent more than 8,000 premature deaths from heart attacks and strokes.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence estimates that every 1g salt reduction could save our over-burdened NHS £1.5 billion in healthcare costs.
75% of the salt we eat comes from salt added to food by the food industry.
2003 – 2011
The UK had a world-leading salt reduction programme, led by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) which involved setting voluntary targets for salt levels in more than 80 categories of food that the food industry could work towards.
The FSA monitored the progress and made the results public.
Companies that were not making progress were exposed.
By providing guidance to the food industry, while transparently monitoring their progress, the FSA’s programme led to a 20-50% reduction in the salt content of many products between 2003 and 2011.
15% reduction in salt intake each day from average level 9.5g to 8g.
Reduction in average blood pressure and number of deaths from stroke and heart disease.
Since the salt reduction was moved to the Department of Health in 2011, there has been very little progress. (1)
Salt Awareness Week Themes
2001 Salt Hidden in the Diet
2002 Salt – The Forgotten Element
2003 Salt and Children
2004 Salt and Consumer
2005 Salt and Older Population
2006 Salt and Ethnic Groups
2007 Hidden Salt
2008 Salt and Children
2009 Salt and Eating Out
2010 Salt and your Health
2011 Salt and Men’s Health
2012 Salt and Stroke
2013 Less Salt Please
2014 Switch the Salt
2015 Salt and Children
2016 Hidden Salt
2017 Salt: The Forgotten Killer
2018 6 Ways to 6 Grams (2)
Can we start with saying SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT
Next – can we join the dots and keep it Simple
Are we missing the point about what salt does to our body
Do we understand fully what the impact of salt is on our health
18 years of trying to get a nation to change their eating habits and reduce their salt intake does not seem to be working.
Having a salt reduction program that produced results did not continue.
2019 image on the website spelling out to us
Let’s take SALT off the menu (1)
Who is ready to listen to this
Who is really ready to change
Who can be bothered to make new choices
Are we always overdoing the salt at the chip shop
Are we always reaching for extra salt on any food
Are we never going to give up our bag of crisps
Do we love the fast foods and junk foods that we know are not good for us but we just keep eating it out of habit
What if salt is a substance and has Drug like effects
In other words, it alters our natural state and that means our body cannot do its job properly
Do we need to play our part and get on with it as nothing seems to be working
Is there a personal responsibility for each and everyone of us first
Is it time to really look at WHY we cannot just give up our salty foods
What if we need real education so that we get a true understanding about the effects of salt on our human body
What if we could find out why we crave salt in our foods and just can’t seem to give them up
What if we could get to the root cause of WHY we want salt in the first place, as it is possible to have salt off the menu
What if we start with reading the forensic blogs on this website about
Would the Stats, Facts, Questions presented and the wisdom offered in these articles give us some answers that we have been seeking.
Could it be possible that to see real change, we need those presenting and teaching about taking Salt off the menu – to actually live in that way in their own lives.
In other words, they are not trying to convert or change another but simply present that it is possible to be salt free, as they live a life that is free of the health issues related to salt.
Could it be that Simple
(1) Salt Awareness Week 2019: Time for ACTION on Salt! Action on Salt. Retrieved March 5, 2019 from
(2) (n.d). Archive Salt Awareness Week. Action on Salt. Retrieved March 5, 2019 from