90% of public unaware of daily salt guidelines

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90% of public unaware of daily salt guidelines

The public are taking risks with their health as they aren’t aware of health guidelines, according to research by Nuffield Health. 
 
A study of over 2,000 revealed 90 per cent of the public are ignorant of the recommended guideline for the daily salt intake, which is six grams.
 
A third of people say they don’t worry about how much salt and sugar they eat.
 
Another 40 per cent of people are unaware that eating less salt can reduce blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease and heart attacks, which are the leading cases of death and disability across the country. 
 
Joining Wake Up London to draw attention to the statistics and call on Londoners to make small chances to their lifestyle was Dr Auldric Ratajczak, Deputy Medical Director, Nuffield Health and John Reid, who made changes to his unhealthy lifestyle and lost four stone in 18 months. 
 
Dr Ratajczak recommends small chances such as replacing fizzy drinks with water, swapping a latte for a herbal tea, and walking for just half an hour a day.
 
The research suggests these small changes could add years to a person’s life and, among other things, reduce the risk of cancer.

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