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Expert reaction to study looking at salt intake, the Public Health Responsibility Deal, and health

Posted On: 19 Jul 2019   |   Posted By: Science Media Centre

Research, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, reports that the reduction in dietary salt intake in England has slowed significantly since the introduction of the voluntary pact the UK government made with the food industry in 2011 to curb the salt content of food. It projects that this may be responsible for 26,000 extra cases of heart disease/stroke and 3800 cases of stomach cancer by 2025.
Tracy Parker, Senior Dietitian, British Heart Foundation, said:
“There is a wealth of evidence that links a high salt consumption to raised blood pressure, a risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke.
“These findings are interesting, but it is only an observational modelling study that looks at data over time. It does not give us an accurate reflection of why there has been a recent slower decline in salt intake. While we've seen a positive change in the average salt consumption since the introduction of the voluntary pact, we are still consuming well above the recommended maximum of 6g a...

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