03 Oct '11, 8am

Average daily salt intake of Singaporeans over 60% above recommended level

Average daily salt intake of Singaporeans over 60% above recommended level

Eight in 10 Singaporeans are exceeding their daily salt intake recommendation, according to the Health Promotion Board's (HPB) latest Salt Intake Study. -- PHOTO: REUTERS By Fiona Low Eight in 10 Singaporeans are exceeding their daily salt intake recommendation, according to the Health Promotion Board's (HPB) latest Salt Intake Study. The study, which was part of the 2010 National Nutrition Survey, found that the average individual's daily salt intake was 8.3g, more than 60 per cent above the recommended level. The recommended daily salt intake for adults is 5g per day. Sodium in salt is an important mineral that regulates blood pressure in the body. However, excessive consumption of salt is a key risk factor for the development of hypertension, which could cause strokes, heart attack and kidney failure. Data also showed that those in the 30- to 49-year-old age group consu...

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