AWASH is a supporter of the government’s National Preventive Health Task Force, which is considering tough diet-improvement proposals.
The National Preventative Health Task Force of the Australian government has released a paper titled “Australia: the healthiest country by 2020,” which includes recommendations such as tax incentives and disincentives to encourage the production and consumption of healthier foods.

The food industry, according to AWASH, is a key player who should collaborate with the government on this important initiative.

What exactly is salt?

Salt is a mineral that is primarily made up of sodium chloride. For centuries, salt has been used to flavor and preserve food, but recent attention has focused on the health risks associated with high-salt diets, particularly the sodium in salt.

Although your body requires sodium to function, too much can cause high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, and chronic kidney disease. Most Australians consume more salt (and thus sodium) than is recommended — on average, nearly twice as much.

What is the distinction between sodium and salt?

The elements sodium and chlorine are combined in sodium chloride, a compound found in salt. By weight, salt contains 40% sodium and 60% chlorine. Sodium is the component that can be harmful to your health.

Sodium is usually measured in milligrams and salt is usually measured in grams (g) (mg).

How much sodium do I require on a daily basis?

Adults in Australia should consume 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day, which is approximately 5 grams of salt or 1 teaspoon. Limit your daily salt intake to the amount recommended.

However, a daily average intake of 460 to 920mg (equivalent to 1.15 to 2.3g of salt per day) may help the Australian adult population avoid chronic disease, such as high blood pressure. It also follows World Health Organization guidelines. It’s also acceptable to consume less than this amount.