A high salt diet can not only lead to high blood pressure, but to osteoporosis, obesity, stomach cancer, kidney stones, and stroke.
World Salt Awareness Week
Monday 29 February – Sunday 6 March 2016
This year AWASH will be supporting World Salt Awareness Week, and raising awareness about the high levels of salt STILL hidden in our foods. We plan to highlight those products still high in salt, and make consumers aware of the dangers of eating a diet high in salt.
Further to this we will use the opportunity to report on progress – and congratulate those companies who have worked to reduce the amount of sodium in food.
We will also be calling for more action from everyone; governments, the food industry, catering sectors, health professionals and the general public. We can all do our bit to #EatLessSalt
Let us know if you have any plans to support World Salt Awareness Week in Australia.
How much salt are we eating?
Australian adults eat an average of nine grams of salt each day. Much more salt than the one gram that we need, and far more than is healthy.
AWASH aims to reduce salt consumption by Australians to an average of six grams each day.
Click here to read AWASH’s statement on Australian salt intakes.
Lower salt, better health
Eating salt can raise your blood pressure, which increases your risk of strokes and heart attacks at any age. AWASH aims to reduce the amount of salt being consumed by Australians.