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Look Out For Hidden Salt - Salt Awareness Week (February 28-March 5) - Source: The Gleaner

'Look Out for Hidden Salt' is the theme for this year's World Salt Awareness Week, which is being observed February 29 - March 5.

Eating a high-sodium diet raises blood pressure and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. The recommended daily maximum for salt intake is five grams (one teaspoon) or 2,000mg of sodium per day.

A high percentage of the salt eaten is hidden in the food purchased.

Shermaine Robotham, health promotion manager, National Health Fund (NHF), stated, "It is important for everyone to monitor the amount of salt in the diet and not exceed the recommended intake of five grams a day. This can be achieved by cooking with natural herbs and spices, reducing significantly the consumption of processed foods and making sure to read food labels carefully and choose items with lower sodium levels." (Read More)