World Salt Awareness Week – shake the habit

World Action On Salt, Sugar and Health (WASSH) is a global group with the mission to improve the health of populations throughout the world by achieving a gradual reduction in salt and sugar intakes. Salt Awareness Week 2022 will take place 14 – 20 March, and will shine a spotlight on a simple yet effective approach that we can all take to improve our health – by shaking the salt habit!

Why do we need to reduce our salt intake?

Salt is our biggest source of sodium and elevated dietary sodium consumption (as well as low levels of dietary potassium intake) is associated with high blood pressure and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death.

We consume salt through the foods we eat or by adding it ourselves (discretionary salt use). While we can control the latter source, unfortunately we have no control how much salt is in the foods we buy either in the supermarket of dining out of home.

This year’s World Salt Awareness Week focuses on asking the food industry to shake their salt habit, so that we can all live longer, healthier lives

How can you reduce sodium in your operation without ditching the salt?

Just as the convenience market has been under pressure to reduce the salt content of their products, the foodservice industry also has a responsibility to take action.

It may seem as though the only way to add flavour to meals is with a big pinch of salt, but there is a healthier alternative…and it’s not a gourmet rock or sea salts, as they contain the same amount of sodium as regular table/cooking salts! A very simple change to make is to use a reduced-sodium salt, when baking, cooking, and seasoning.

There is also an opportunity front of house. By offering guests a reduced sodium salt at the table (like you do with sweeteners), foodservice operators can help customers make healthier choices. It also presents the opportunity to show customers we care about their health.

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