It's no secret that too much salt can prove to be dangerous to health. In fact, The World Hypertension League, as well as other leading health organisations, have even warned supermarkets and restaurants to paste a tobacco-style warning sticker on salt shakers to show people just how dangerous consuming too much salt can be for their health. A study was conducted in which the lead author Dr Norm Campbell said that it was time for people to get serious about their salt intake.
"Unhealthy diets are a leading cause of death globally and excess salt consumption is the biggest culprit, estimated to cause over 3 million deaths globally in 2017," said Dr Norm Campbell. "The World Health Organisation established a target for countries to reduce sodium intake by 30% by 2025, and governments and the food industry have been working together to reduce salt in processed foods. However, urgent action now needs to be taken to raise consumer awareness of these dangers," added Dr Campbell.
"Although many countries have started to look at a variety of public health measures to encourage people to eat less salt, we're not aware of any that have required actual containers of salt to have warning labels," he said. Another expert also spoke about excessive salt consumption and said, "Eating too much salt increases people's blood pressure which is one of the biggest contributors to premature death from stroke or heart disease." "Health warnings on salt package and dispensers would be a simple, cost-effective way of conveying the dangers of salt to billions of people worldwide," she added.
First of all, people need to be made aware of just how dangerous consuming excessive salt can prove to be. Packaged foods and menus should carry a warning label to let people know how much salt these contain. Warning labels should be present on all salt packages. And people should be told to reduce consumption by as much as they can. Stay tuned for more updates.