Food: Salt

Health written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Martyn Jones Martyn Jones Labour, Clwyd South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will issue guidance to sub-groups of the population that may experience adverse consequences from restricted sodium consumption, with particular reference to pregnant women, the elderly and those who take regular strenuous exercise.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

In 2003, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) published its report, 'Salt and Health', and recommended that the average daily intake of salt by all adults should be reduced to six grams per day. SACN found no evidence to suggest that such a reduction in salt intake would have adverse effects on any particular group in the population including pregnant women, the elderly and those who are exposed to conditions that cause extreme sweating. We are not aware of any substantive evidence published since the SACN report to suggest any adverse effects on reducing salt intake to these sub-groups. Copies of the SACN report are available in the Library.

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