Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) today warns that people switching to sea and rock salt are still risking their health.

30th November

As new research from Mintel shows that sales of salt have slumped, but that sea and rock salt sales have held up, new CASH research reveals that people are switching to these more expensive forms of salt because they believe they are healthier.

The CASH survey showed that 65% of those using sea salt do so because they believe it is healthier than table or cooking salt.  43% of people choosing rock salt do so for health reasons.

Professor Graham MacGregor, Chairman of CASH and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at St George's Hospital in London, said "It's great news that sales of salt are falling, but it is also worrying that people see sea and rock salt as somehow being a 'natural' alternative that is better for them.  We have analysed sea and rock salt and it has more or less the same sodium chloride content as table and cooking salt.  If we are to prevent heart disease and strokes, we need to get the message across that too much salt is bad for you - whatever it looks like or has on the label."  

Dr Emma Mast, CASH Project Coordinator, said "We need people to understand that salt is salt.  Apart from the low-sodium mineral salts, all salt is mainly sodium chloride, and it will put up blood pressure whether it is a cheap cooking salt or an expensive fancy sea salt."

click here for survey details