Minister plans to tackle SA’s high-salt diet

2011-06-01 07:10

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is planning to introduce legislation to lower the salt content in food.

“[The] South African diet has been shown to be very high in salt,” Motsoaledi said in Parliament yesterday.

“The desired amount of salt for your body is known to be 4g to 6g per day, but in our country it is up to 9.8g.”

He said most of South Africans’ daily salt intake came from processed food, rather than being added at the table.

The legislation is likely to come as a blow to the food industry, which prefers self-regulation, Business Day reported.

While salt makes the food more tastier, it also takes its toll on health. It drives up high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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