AArticle in the Telegraph
"Breakfast cereals, bread and cheese are among 80 everyday foodstuffs that should have further cuts made to their salt contents, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
New research carried out by the FSA on nearly 700 British adults showed that average salt intake was 8.6g per day - significantly higher than the Government's national target of 6g, or one level teaspoon.
The findings, which come after a high-profile campaign to encourage people to reduce their salt intake, show that average consumption has continued to decline, falling from 9.5g in 2001 and 9g last year.
But reducing the average daily intake to 6g could prevent about 20,200 premature deaths every year from strokes, heart attacks and heart failure, according to the FSA.
It also says "substantial achievements" have been made by some producers - including breakfast cereal manufacturers, who have reduced salt in cereals by an average of 43 per cent since 2006; some crisp makers, who have managed a 55 per cent drop; and the makers of Pot Noodles, who have cut salt in the snack by half."
If the 'experts'would tell people the truth about the role of salt in the incidence and severity of obesity there would be such an outcry and a demand from consumers for lower salt or unsalted food that the manufacturers wouldn't keep playing silly beggars with their customers' health; they'd reduce the salt content substantially and pronto.But of course not everyone needs to reduce salt/sodium intake. - In my opinion there should be ranges of food provided containing absolutely no added salt - so that steroid victims and amitriptyline victims and other very overweight people can have food that is safe for them to eat and is also convenient - because when you are very overweight you feel really tired and it is difficult and exhausting always to have to cook from scratch so as not to gain even more weight. - And there could be other food ranges that do have added salt, for the people who are slim and who do not have high blood pressure. - But the two ranges would need to be kept apart and be very easy to distinguish one from another.
And of course all the ranges could stop putting the calorie count on packs because it's irrelevant: calorie reduction does not reduce obesity AT ALL.
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Lose weight, reduce your risk of most cancers, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, angina, vascular dementia, osteopenia, osteoporosis, hypercholesterolaemia, depression, liver and kidney problems, and improve your health in many other ways without drugs or expense by eating less salt! - Try it! - You will feel so much better!Obesity and the Salt Connection
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