×

We've got news for you.

Register on Sunday Times at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

Sweet deal: South Africans are going easy on salt

News

Sweet deal: South Africans are going easy on salt

Research finds people are reducing their salt intake, which is good news in a country burdened with related disease

Journalist

Legislation to reduce salt consumption in SA is paying off, with the latest research showing daily intake has fallen by more than a gram. However, further reduction is needed before the country can reach the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommended 5g a day.

Researchers from North West University (NWU) and Johannesburg’s Wits University say the findings are positive in a country with a high burden of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

To reduce hypertension, the WHO recommends a 30% reduction in population salt intake by 2025. SA was one of the first countries to use legislation to regulate salt consumption and in 2016 introduced mandatory maximum sodium levels in processed foods such as bread, soups, salt snacks, breakfast cereals, sausages and butter. Before legislation was introduced, some studies suggested South Africans consumed as much as 40g a day, resulting in unmanageable hypertension...

This article is reserved for Sunday Times Daily subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times Daily content.

Sunday Times Daily

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.

Previous Article