01.Cutting out salt is a big boost for cardiovascular health
Over the past decade salt consumption has fallen in England by 15% and this has been linked to a 40% fall in deaths from heart disease and 42% from stroke over the same period, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
The study authors looked at data from more than 31,500 people between 2003 (when public health initiatives to curb salt intake started) and 2011. They found that daily salt intake fell by an average of 1400mg which was likely to have contributed to a decrease in blood pressure. Other risk factors for cardiovascular disease also fell, including blood cholesterol levels, blood pressure and smoking rates.
The study warns however that despite good progress, 70% of English adults still eat more than the recommended 6000mg per day, with 80% coming from processed foods.
According to Nutrition Australia on average, Australian adults consume 10,000mg of salt per day, when the suggested dietary intake is 4000mg per day.