Study Shows Canadians Consuming too Much Salt in Their Diet

by Savitha C Muppala on  November 20, 2009 at 1:35 PM Research News   - G J E 4
 Study Shows Canadians Consuming too Much Salt in Their Diet
Even though Canadians are aware of the ill-effects of consuming too much salt, yet nearly half of them are doing precious little to cut down their salt intake.

Experts at University of Alberta surveyed 890 people measuring knowledge and behaviours regarding sodium intake.

Nutrition researchers Anna Farmer and Diana Mager found 80 per cent believed that Canadians' diets are too high in salt while 85 per cent linked high salt intake with high blood pressure.

Half of respondents said they were actually doing something to cut down on their sodium consumption.

Farmer, a professor of agricultural food and nutritional science at the U of A: "It's good news that Canadians understand some of the issues around excessive sodium consumption, and that at least half are willing to adjust their behaviour to reduce salt use.

"Most respondents in this survey understood that canned or processed foods are among the highest sources of dietary sodium. But the results also show that there's still room for more education."

Source: ANI

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