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Salt 'stomach cancer risk'

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.

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How much salt do we need?

  • 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.

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