Salt consumption in England down nearly 15% between 2003 and 2011 to 8.1 grams/day, according to new study

UNITED KINGDOM , April 16, 2014 () – A new study has revealed that reducing the intake of salt has helped in saving lives as thousands of strokes and heart attacks were prevented in a year in England.

It was seen that the consumption of salt went down by nearly 15 percent from 9.5g a day to 8.1g a day between 2003 and 2011. It was in 2003 when salt-cutting initiatives were taken up. Also, the number of deaths caused by heart disease went down by 40 percent the number of strokes decreased by 42 percent.

It was seen that people in England reduced their salt intake by nearly a quarter of a teaspoon every day. People were seen to be more aware regarding the negative aspects of consuming more salt. It was also seen that the level of salt present in food items like bacon and bread went down somewhere between 20 and 40 percent. At the same time it was stated that more needs to be done by the food industry in order to protect more people from the ill effects of consuming more salt. The study was published in the journal BMJ Open.

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