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Public Health England data shows a steady downward trend in salt consumption

23 March 2016

Public Health England data shows a steady downward trend in salt consumption

Adults have cut their average salt consumption by 0.9 grams per day in the decade from 2005 to 2014 according to new data from Public Health England’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey.  Average salt consumption for adults in 2014 was 8.0 grams per day.  This has decreased from 8.5 grams in 2011 and 8.8 grams in 2005/06.  Overall salt intake has fallen by 11% since the 2005 to 2006 survey.  This report continues the series of urinary sodium surveys across the general adult population in United Kingdom countries since 2005/06.  The results are used by government to monitor progress towards the recommended maximum salt intake for adults of no more than 6 grams per person per day.  Too much salt in the diet can raise blood pressure which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. A reduction in average salt intake from 8g to 6g per day is estimated to prevent over 8000 premature deaths each year and save the NHS over £570million annually. 

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