About the cause
Australians are currently eating (on average) 9g of salt every day. This is much more than the maximum 6g recommended for adults (or 4g if you have high blood pressure). Most of us are doing the right thing and not adding salt when we cook or at the table. But we’re still eating much more than we realise.
Three quarters of the salt we consume every day is hidden in the food we eat. Things like bread, canned food, breakfast cereals and pasta sauces.
We need to reduce our salt intake by 30% if we’re to reduce our risk of heart disease, Australia’s number one killer. Reducing our intake of sodium from processed foods by just 15% over ten years could stop 5,800 heart attacks and 4,900 strokes a year.*
We think food should be made healthier before it hits supermarket shelves. We’re asking the government and food companies to change the way foods are manufactured and step up action to remove hidden salt.
The Heart Foundation wants the government to commit to a National Action Plan on Salt. This means
- More funding and support to boost food reformulation** to get more salt out of more food, more quickly.
Setting mandatory (instead of voluntary) targets for the amount of salt in all processed and takeaway foods so all our food is healthier, not just some.
Implementing a new star rating food labelling system on all processed foods to help everyone identify healthier foods at-a-glance and encourage food companies to make healthier products
A community education program to help people understand the health impacts of eating too much salt and how to make healthier choices.
You can show the government that hidden salt in our food matters to you. Join us today
and together we can Halt Hidden Salt.
* Goodal S, Gallego G. Scenario modelling of potential health benefits subsequent to the introduction of the proposed standard for nutrition, health and related claims. Sydney: Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation 2008.
** Food reformulation is when manufacturers reduce the unhealthy ingredients (e.g. salt, saturated fat and trans fats) in their products and increase the healthy nutrients (e.g. dietary fibre, wholegrains, fruit, vegetables and unsaturated fats).