NHS salt warning

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HEALTH bosses are urging Derbyshire residents to cut down on their salt intake and reduce their risk of stroke and heart disease.

During Salt Awareness Week, which began on Monday, NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County are promoting simple ways to eat less salt.

Department of Health guidelines say that adults should not consume more than 6g of salt a day, the equivalent of one teaspoon. For children this amount is even less.

Seventy-five per cent of the salt people consume comes from pre-packaged food – with even breakfast cereals and bread containing salt.

Too much salt can raise blood pressure and increase the risk of developing heart disease if too much is consumed.

More information on reducing salt intake and improving heart health can be found at the British Heart Foundation website www.bhf.org.uk.