Salt Awareness Week 2020

Salt Awareness Week is organised by Action for Salt and raises awareness of the impact of too much salt on our health. This year it runs from 9th - 15th March and the theme is ‘Hide and Seek’.

The aim of the week is to raise awareness of how much salt is added to food by the food industry. While we can all be careful with how much salt we add when we cook at home, salt is also added to many of the products we buy in the supermarket and we may not be aware of it or be able to taste it. When we eat out we do not know how much salt is added to the food we order by the chefs who cook it.

Action for Salt believes that the food industry should take some responsibility for how much salt they put in products and it shouldn’t just be left for us to find lower salt options. They are encouraging everyone to contact the food industry to demand they put less salt in foods.

It is recommended that adults have no more than 6g salt a day (or 2.4g sodium) which is no more than 1 teaspoon. The average intake for adults in the UK is 8.1g.  It is estimated that reducing how much salt we consume to recommended levels will reduce incidence of strokes by 22% and heart attacks by 16%, saving 17,000 lives in the UK and bringing other health benefits to the population.

You can find out more about the campaign by visiting the following websites:

Action for Salt website

World Action on Salt and Health

 
Salt Awareness Week 2020