Ex­pert warns against ex­ces­sive in­take of salt

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ruby Leo

Eat­ing too much salt could in­crease one’s chances of con­tract­ing ail­ment like car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, hy­per­ten­sion or raised blood pres­sure, ex­perts have warned.

Renowned car­di­ol­o­gists who would be at­tend­ing the World Congress of car­di­ol­ogy re­vealed that out of 17.3 mil­lion car­dio­vas­cu­lar re­lated deaths each year, over half of them - 9.4 mil­lion - are linked to hy­per­ten­sion.

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) how­ever has rec­om­mended that adults should have no more than 5grams of salt a day - less than one full tea­spoon.

In most coun­tries, the aver­age per­son con­sumes be­tween 9 and 12g a day.

The World Congress of Car­di­ol­ogy will con­vene leading ex­perts across the world in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia from 4 - 7 May to de­bate and present the lat­est find­ings in heart health.

Salt con­sump­tion is one of the ma­jor topics to be dis­cussed with em­pha­sis on the im­por­tance of na­tional tar­gets to re­duce pre­ma­ture mor­tal­ity re­lated to car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease (CVD), such as di­etary salt guide­lines.

A state­ment re­leased by the or­gan­is­ers of the con­fer­ence, en­ti­tled, the war on salt, noted that, “the ma­jor­ity of salt we eat is al­ready in our food, with an es­ti­mated 75% of our salt in­take in ev­ery­day pro­cessed foods such as bread, break­fast ce­real and pro­cessed meats.”

It said that if people were aware of how much salt was hid­den in foods and ad­hered to the cur­rent salt in­take guide­lines, more than 2.5 mil­lion deaths could be pre­vented each year.

Osita Chi­doka, FRSC boss

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