Opposition member tables bill for national sodium strategy

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NDP health critic Libby Davies tabled a bill Monday encouraging Ottawa to enact a strategy requiring food manufacturers to lower sodium levels, among other tough-on-salt measures. The bill, formally named An Act Respecting the Implementation of the Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada, will take its cues from a list of recommendations that were published by… [Continue Reading]

Australian study finds sodium increase in processed foods

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A new study from Australia found the sodium content of more than 28,000 rose nine per cent over the past four years. The worst offenders were oils and sauces and spreads that saw a 16 and 13 per cent increase, respectively. A population consuming nine per cent more sodium would experience a four per cent… [Continue Reading]

Instant noodles high in sodium, low in fibre, study finds

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There’s a reason we awarded the 2011 Salt Lick Award to Mr. Noodles. A new study from the UK that ranked 15 brands of instant noodles found all were guilty of being very high in sodium and low in fibre. The study found most brands mislabelled their products to seem healthier than in reality. Read… [Continue Reading]

US children consume as much salt as adults, study finds

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A new study from the World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) found children in the US have a daily sodium intake that is equal to US adults. Children and teens, between eight and 18, consumed an average of 3,387 mg of sodium per day – more than double the recommended amount. Children from ages… [Continue Reading]

Hospital patient menus contain “unacceptable” levels of dietary sodium, study finds

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A study of food served to patients in three Ontario acute-care hospitals found 100 per cent of bedside meals had more than the recommended daily intake of sodium, according a report published online July 16 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. “We found sodium levels in hospital meals to be unacceptably high,” says Dr. JoAnne… [Continue Reading]

New research shows UK salt intake is the lowest in Western World

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The UK now has the lowest population dietary salt level in the Western World. A new report from the Department of Health in the UK shows a half gram reduction in dietary salt intake in the last three years. And almost one and a half grams in the last decade estimated to be saving around… [Continue Reading]

Ottawa and Queen’s Park Consider Mandating Nutrition Info on Menus of Chain-Restaurant Menus

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OTTAWA (May 8, 2012)— Bill Jeffery, LLB, National Coordinator of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest, made the following comment on initiatives in the Ottawa Board of Health (its HEAL Strategy) and a provincial Private Member’s Bill to be introduced in the Ontario Legislature today: While federal politicians still ponder proposals to require… [Continue Reading]

Canadian fast food saltier than similar products in Australia, France, UK and New Zealand

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Industry could substantially reduce sodium content in products, resulting in large gains in population health. Canada’s fast foods on average contain 17-per-cent more sodium than comparable products in the UK and a whopping 27-per-cent more than those sold in France, according to an international study published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. In a… [Continue Reading]

Choose to eat less salt, and reduce your risk of having a stroke

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World Action on Salt and Health is helping in the battle to reduce the amount of salt eaten by people all over the world by raising awareness on the harmful effects of too much salt in the diet. WASH will be holding its 5th World Salt Awareness Week, running from 26th March – 1st April… [Continue Reading]

Stroke the focus of World Salt Awareness Week

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The link between dietary sodium, hypertension and stroke is the focus of World Salt Awareness Week from March 26 to April 1. More than 20 countries around the world are part of the World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) effort to reduce dietary sodium and save lives. Sodium raises blood pressure, which is the… [Continue Reading]