Salt is essential for life, but we are consuming too much. Salt is found in almost every food we eat. Most of the salt can be found in packaged and processed foods we eat every day like bread, processed meats, cheese, sauces and spreads. Too much salt intake can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke and can contribute to high blood pressure. Salt intake can be reduced on individual level by being aware of your food intake or on governmental level by setting up policies and strategies for the food industry.

What is salt and how does it affect our blood pressure?

05 September 2020

Here we discuss how too much salt can increase blood pressure, the relationship between salt and high blood pressure across Europe and what we can do to reduce our salt intake.

Herbs and spices: A useful approach for reducing salt content in soup

19 November 2014

Researchers from the University of Reading in the UK have found that the addition of herbs and spices can increase consumers’ liking of reduced-salt soups. They found that reducing salt led to a significant decline...

Key challenges in reducing salt intake: An international study

15 October 2013

Researchers from Europe and Asia have joined forces to undertake an international project regarding salt reduction among the general population. By means of a cross-sectional study, perceptions, attitudes and behaviours related to salt...

UK salt campaign may have successfully reduced salt intake, but what are the next steps?

01 August 2012

The UK Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) salt campaign may have successfully reduced salt intakes by about 10% by raising public awareness of salt as a public health issue and encouraging product reformulation...

Labelling foods as ‘low in salt’ may not reduce actual salt intakes

16 May 2012

Front-of-pack labels which emphasize salt reduction can negatively affect taste perception and salt use, according to researchers from Deakin University, Australia and Unilever R&D, the Netherlands...