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On World Heart Day, WHO is calling on countries to work to reduce salt intake

29 September 2014

On World Heart Day, WHO is calling on countries to work to reduce salt intake

The focus of World Heart Day (September 29th) 2014 is on creating heart-healthy environments.  Consuming too much salt can lead (or contribute) to high blood pressure, and greatly increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.  WHO is therefore calling on countries to take action on the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction recommendations and supporting governments to implement the "Global action plan to reduce noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)".  The Action Plan comprises nine global targets, including one to reduce global salt intake by a relative 30% by 2025. On average, people consume around 10 grams of salt per day. This is around double WHO’s recommended level of less than 5 grams or under one teaspoon per day.

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