Sports Officer Supports World Salt Awareness Week
The Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) are joining the call for “Less salt, please!” during this year’s World Salt Awareness Week.
The March 11th–17th campaign urges everyone to help reduce dietary salt, with a focus this year on chefs, caterers, and others who prepare food for consumption outside the home.
Ms. Branka Legetic, who leads this salt reduction efforts, says Restaurants and caterers often add excessive salt to foods because they think that is what customers want.
Ms. Legetic added that people can in fact change their tastes for salt over time. “If you gradually consume less salt, you will gradually want less salt,” she added.
Sports Officer Mr. Godwin Dorsette, says this is a good initiative from PAHO, and he supports it.
Mr. Dorsette noted, salt is an essential part of the human diet, but most people consume more than they realize and more than is healthy.
He said consuming excess salt contributes health problems including: to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, and kidney diseases.
Mr. Dorsette added, often times, individuals believe by eating less meat, they will be healthier. However, he disagrees.
PAHO recommends that adults consume less than 5 grams of salt per day.