April 22, 2019

LoSalt lead the way with the food industry to lower sodium salt levels

Sodium in salt that is linked to high blood pressure and related problems is becoming a national crisis for our health service. LoSalt continues to fly the flag for reduced sodium salt (*LoSalt contains 66% less sodium than regular salts) and supports Public Health England’s report to continue to reduce our sodium salt consumption in the UK.

The recent PHE report[1] found the stepwise lowering of salt targets for foods by up to 54% between 2006 and 2014 is linked to a reduction in population of salt intake of 11% between 2005-06 and 2014. However, we are still consuming too much salt at an average of 8g a day – the maximum recommended is 6g.

“The government will be setting out detailed plans to tackle salt intake by Easter 2019 – estimating that reducing our intake by a third would prevent 8,000 premature deaths a year and save the NHS £500m annually,” announces Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock.

SACN/COT’s[2] report on potassium-based salt replacers has given the green light for salt alternatives, stating “the potential beneficial effects of using potassium-based sodium replacers to help reduce sodium in foods outweigh the potential risks”.

Caroline Klinge, Sales and Marketing Manager at LoSalt, say: “This is great news, not just for individual consumers, but for food manufacturers and catering businesses across the industry as they endeavour to find ways to reduce sodium in their products to help meet these targets. With the food and catering industry making smarter choices when it comes to using salt within their produce we can help lower sodium salt levels in food by 2020.”