London, UK (PRWEB UK) 11 March 2013
The survey, by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), discovered that the 13 saltiest main meals contained more than the maximum recommended daily intake of 6g of salt.
Out of nearly 700 popular meals served in celebrity chef and high street restaurants, over 50% would be labeled a red traffic light on a supermarket product.
Salt intake is very important with regards to high blood pressure (hypertension).
A study published in the scientific journal Hypertension in 2003, estimated a reduction of 3 grams per day in salt intake would lower blood pressure by 2.5/1.4 mmHg. Not much, but they estimate this would reduce strokes by 13% and ischemic heart disease by 10%. So a reduction of 3 grams per day in salt intake would prevent approximately 7,500 stroke deaths and 11,000 ischemic heart disease deaths in the UK per year.
UK recommendation for salt intake is 6g per day and in the USA it’s 2.3g. However, Hypnotension would recommend between 1.5 and 2g for somebody with high blood pressure.
Over three quarters of our salt intake comes from processed foods, around 15% from natural sources, and about 10% is added during cooking or when eating.
Surprisingly, cereal products including breakfast cereals, bread, cakes and biscuits provide about a third of the salt in our diet so reducing these can have a significant effect to salt intake. Processed meat products (such as ham, bacon and sausages) provide just over a quarter of the salt in our diet.
Rob Woodgate, Hypnotension co-creator, said “The surprising thing about this research is that even in celebrity chef’s restaurants, where you would expect all the food to be fresh and not processed, is that the salt level is still very high. In general, we are all eating too much salt. Our advice would be to cut down by reading the labels, eating out less, using less salt in cooking and using less processed food. However, it’s not so easy when you are grabbing lunch on the go or out for a nice evening meal.”
"Salt intake is generally so high that studies often can’t see any difference between high and even higher."
The Hypnotension programme looks at a variety of lifestyle factors to establish which is likely to be causing or maintaining high blood pressure. These lifestyle factors are then targeted using specific cognitive and hypnotherapeutic techniques to help lower blood pressure towards more normal levels.
There is a network of specially trained Hypnotension practitioners all over the country who can help people make the lifestyle changes which could help save their life.