80% of the daily salt intake comes from packaged products.
The Spanish Heart Foundation (FEC) ensures that reducing daily salt intake by at least half provides health benefits comparable to those derived from quitting smoking
This organization points out in a statement that, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), excessive consumption of salt favors the appearance of hypertension, the main cause of 62% of cerebrovascular accidents and 42% of diseases of the heart.
For this reason, international organizations recommend a daily consumption of 6 grams of salt, much lower than that consumed daily in Spain and in most countries, between 10 and 12 grams.
80% of daily salt intake comes from packaged products, recalls the FEC.
Several studies have shown the benefits that a decrease in salt intake could bring.
Thus, a study carried out in the United States revealed that a reduction of 3 grams per day would decrease between 60,000 and 120,000 cases of cardiovascular diseases in the country, and would save between 10,000 and 24,000 million dollars.
The Spanish Heart Foundation (FEC) has called for the adoption of measures to reduce salt consumption from all areas.
The citizen can begin to apply measures such as cooking without salt, removing the salt shaker from the table or buying products that are low in salt.
The food industry, according to the FEC, should reduce the amount of salt added to products and make labeling easier to understand and report on the amount of salt added.
Finally, this scientific society asks public bodies to take restrictive measures related to the consumption of salt and to launch massive campaigns aimed at informing about the harmful effects of this element.