Date Published: 19 March 2007

British Heart Foundation comments on FSA salt campaign

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recently launched a new phase of its salt campaign and the BHF is a leading supporter.

Commenting on the campaign, Betty McBride, Director of Policy and Communications at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said:

There is too much salt lurking in processed food. You can't always taste it, and sometimes it is in the most unlikely products. It can cause high blood pressure and increase your risk of heart disease - so we've all got to become detectives on the trail of this hidden killer. By simply checking the labels and switching to a lower salt option, you'll be doing your heart a favour.?

The BHF is delighted to be working with the FSA on its latest salt awareness campaign. This includes a year-long project, starting soon, which aims to reduce the amount of salt used in ?social cooking' in Sikh gurdwaras and Hindu temples, and to encourage healthier eating within the communities served by these places of worship.

Information will be given to the congregations eating the food about the impact of too much salt on their health and how to change their shopping, cooking and eating habits at home to reduce salt and to eat more healthily, without reducing the quality of the food.

 

Source: British Heart Foundation (BHF).

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