Nearly 10,000 cases of heart disease and stroke and 1,500 cases of cancer could have been avoided in England if the coalition government had not switched to a voluntary deal with the food industry to cut salt in food, said researchers.
Scientists have calculated that cutting salt consumption by around a quarter could halve the number of deaths from sodium-induced heart disease, according to a study conducted in a part of China with a well-above-average number of deaths linked to high-salt diets, South China Morning Post wrote.
After examining menu items from 66 of the top 100 chain restaurants, US researchers found that while some attention has been given to offering lower-sodium options, restaurant food is still high in sodium, particularly in main-course items.
It is a well-known fact that eating too much salt can be bad for your health — increasing blood pressure and putting people at risk of heart disease. But how much salt is too much and do you know the quantities you're eating?