Salt Awareness

Dear World

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.

Salt raises Blood Pressure and increases our risk of Stroke, Heart Disease, Stomach Cancer, Osteoporosis and Kidney disease.

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)

Hello

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.
WHY?

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

Do we have any awareness about the Salt, Fat and Sugar combo that is highly addictive – read our blog on Fast Foods and Junk Foods

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

Dear World

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 stop the Blame game or trying to come up with Solutions

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

Heart Disease and Stroke
High Blood Pressure
Kidney Disease
Cancer

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

References

(1) Salt Awareness Week 2019: Time for ACTION on Salt! Action on Salt. Retrieved March 5, 2019 from
http://www.actiononsalt.org.uk/awareness/salt-awareness-week-2019-time-for-action-on-salt/

(2) (n.d). Archive Salt Awareness Week. Action on Salt. Retrieved March 5, 2019 from
http://www.actiononsalt.org.uk/awareness/archive/

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Comments 2

  1. I have stopped buying any salt for a long time, yet, there are still ingredients I am drawn to because of their saltiness – for example vegetable stock cube or Harissa paste and hummus.
    So even though I am not adding any salt in my cooking, sometimes I still feel attracted by some ingredients with salt contents.
    Could it be that salt is more addictive than we think it is?
    Could it also be that sometimes I am looking for some form of stimulations because I am feeling tired?

  2. Thank for this marvellous blog.

    These days, I rarely eat sugary foods such as sweets, chocolate, desserts, cakes and biscuits. I used to consume sugary treats frequently, on a daily basis actually, but I don’t particularly miss or crave them now.

    Regarding salt, I do not add salt when I cook. However, I do sometimes crave salty foods such as crisps and salted nuts.

    In the blog, the author suggests that we ask why we want salt in the first place. I have just asked myself that question and the answer that comes is this: I sometimes want salty foods when I am exhausted and I am looking for a substance to stimulate my nervous system in order that I might momentarily override the exhaustion that I am carrying.

    So, in short, these days I sometimes look to salt to provide the stimulation that I once obtained from sugar.

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