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Action on Salt

Celebrity Support

Dr Hilary Jones, GP and Broadcaster, says: “I support Action on Salt in their campaign to reduce salt consumption. Eating too much salt raises our blood pressure, which puts us at risk of stroke and heart attacks. However, parents are not always aware of how much salt their child is eating – now is the time for more action to lower salt in children’s food”
Amanda Ursell, Nutritionist and Consultant, says: "Taking care over our total salt intakes is important, whatever our age. Arguably for children it is even more so. If children get used to high intakes from being exposed to a lot of processed foods, inappropriate portions and salt used in home cooking early on, the habit can stay with them. High intakes over time can put everything from bone health to blood pressure at risk. Encouraging food manufacturers to keep lowering salt in products where they can and bring really vigilant over children’s intakes is crucial. Being salt aware is not just a message for grown  ups!" 
Azmina Govindji, Registered Dietitian and Director of Azmina Nutrition, says: "The issue of eating too much salt is still of public health concern. Takeaway foods and ready meals may be rich in salt; perhaps we're less conscious of the salt in foods eaten outside of the home. Let's get our children used to the taste of less salty foods, and find ways to experiment with quick and easy home-cooked meals. As a busy professional, my meals are often on the table in under 30 minutes!"
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