Algarve health authority wages war on salt
Regional health authority ARS Algarve has launched a new campaign encouraging the population to reduce salt consumption and adopt healthier eating habits.
The campaign highlights the worrying effects salt has on health, mainly its link to heart disease, and recommending aromatic herbs as a salt substitute.
According to ARS, nearly 36% of people in the Algarve add salt to their food after it is served on the plate, a statistic that prompted the health authority into launching the awareness campaign entitled “Sabor sem saleiro à mesa” (loosely translated as ‘Flavour without the salt shaker on the table’).
Even 13.7% of people diagnosed with high blood pressure admitted to adding salt to their meals.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that an estimated 2.5 million deaths could be prevented each year if global salt consumption were reduced to the recommended level.
It adds that salt intake of less than 5 grammes per day for adults “helps to reduce blood pressure and risk of stroke, coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases”.