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- Our daily intake of salt should be less than 6g (2.4g sodium) – we actually need much less than this.
- Most people in the UK currently consume more than 6g, but there are simple ways to cut down on our intake.
- Currently, 75% of the salt we eat comes from processed foods like ready meals, cheese, bread, biscuits and processed meats.
- The remaining 25% is added during cooking or at the table.
- Each year in the UK around 7,500 new cases of stomach cancer are diagnosed and almost 5,000 people die from the disease.
- Cutting salt intake to six grams a day could prevent 1,050 of these cases, according to the WCRF.
- Excess salt is also linked to high blood pressure, the main cause of strokes and a significant cause of heart disease, as well as osteoporosis and kidney disease.
- Check food labels and select products with less salt or sodium.
- Gradually reduce, and then cur out, the amount of salt you add to food during cooking and at the table.
- Use spices, herbs, garlic and lemon instead of salt.
- Make your own meals from scratch.
- Eat fresh meat rather than processed meat.
- Limit the amount of salty snacks you eat.
- An estimated 14% of stomach cancers in the UK - one in seven cases - could be avoided by reducing salt intake to recommended levels, it is claimed.
- People in the UK consume an average of 8.1 grams each a day, much of it hidden in processed food.
- This is 43% higher than the maximum recommended amount of six grams, equivalent to one level teaspoonful.
Too much salt is believed to promote cancer by damaging the stomach lining, a new report has found.
Better "traffic light" food labelling is needed to reduce the number of stomach cancers linked to salt, experts have added.
A standardised form of colour-coded "traffic light" food labelling would help consumers monitor their consumption of salt, sugar and fat, according to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).