Socioeconomic inequality in salt intake in Britain 10 years after a national salt reduction programme

A new study by CASH member Franco Cappuccio has found that whilst overall population wide salt intakes have decreased since 2001, intakes varied significantly across socioeconomic groups, with those in lower levels of education consuming greater levels of salt compared to those of higher socioeconomic status. 

The authors concluded that "understanding the socioeconomic pattern of salt intake is crucial to reduce inequalities. Efforts are needed to minimise the gap between socioeconomic groups for an equitable delivery of cardiovascular prevention."

Campaign Director for CASH Katharine Jenner says "By targeting everyday foods, the salt reduction programme is benefitting the entire population, including those less educated.  However, in order to reach those most in need more effectively, manufacturers who sell them the most products need to do a lot more.  It is immoral to make the unhealthy option the cheaper or easier option; good quality nutritious food should be available for all."

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