Report shows high sodium levels persist in most packaged foods
OTTAWA, Jan. 15, 2018 /CNW/ - Although theymay not realize it, Canadians are eating more sodium (salt) than is considered healthy. This can lead to high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
In 2012, in an effort to reduce the amount of
Results show that sodium reductions in most categories of processed foods were modest. Specifically, industry met the targets in 14% of food categories. These results are an indication that additional measures are needed to reduce sodium in processed foods. Over the next few months, Health Canada will conduct an in-depth analysis of each category and will meet with industry stakeholders and scientific experts to better understand the challenges encountered in reducing sodium.
As part of the Healthy Eating Strategy, Health Canada is committed to reducing sodium in processed foods. We will be proposing regulations that aim to make it easier and faster for Canadians to make healthy choices when buying food, while developing modern tools for Canadians to build their knowledge about healthy eating.
"There is too much salt in the food we eat, in particular in processed foods. Reducing sodium in foods is an important step towards improving the health of Canadians."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
Related ProductsReport – Sodium Reduction in Processed Foods in Canada: An Evaluation of Progress toward Voluntary Targets from 2012 to 2016
Associated Links Healthy Eating Strategy Vision for a Healthy Canada
SOURCE Health Canada
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