By Catherine Ageno
A first-of-its-kind World Health Organization Global report on sodium intake reduction shows that the world is off-track to achieve its global target of reducing sodium intake by 30% by 2025.
The report released last week shows that only 5% of WHO member states are protected by mandatory and comprehensive sodium reduction policies and 73% of them lack full range of implementation of such policies.
According to WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, unhealthy diets are a leading cause of death and disease globally, and excessive sodium intake is one of the main culprits.
At national level, he says, implementing highly cost-effective sodium reduction policies could save an estimated 7 million lives globally by 2030.
But since the main source of sodium is table salt (sodium chloride), this morning we spoke to a Dietician on how best to regulate its intake at household level.
Listen to the report below;