CASH (Consensus Action On Salt and Health) is a British Group persuading food companies to reduce the salt content of processed foods, and educating the public about the perils of consuming too much salt.
Reason: the daily salt intake of most people in the United Kingdom is about 9g --- 3g more than the recommended amount.
CASH argues that there is strong evidence linking high salt intake with high blood pressure, which in turn is a major cause of heart attacks and heart failure, the most common causes of death and illness in the developed world.
A high-salt diet is also linked to conditions including osteoporosis, stomach cancer, kidney disease and obesity, and may exacerbate the symptoms of asthma and diabetes.
To cut back on salt, eat fewer foods such as bacon, ham, cheese, prawns, salami, olives and stock cubes.
Source: Ursell, A. (2011). “Time to go against the grain”. New Straits Times (Health), 18 October 2011.