Canadians Still Consuming Too Much Salt
Health Canada has recently released a report on the sodium (salt) intake of Canadians in 2017. The results were obtained through analysis of data from the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey. The report shows that despite federal efforts to reduce sodium intake, Canadians consume an average of 2760 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day – almost double the recommended daily amount of sodium.
High salt consumption is a major cause of high blood pressure with the report citing research estimating that over 30% of high blood pressure cases in Canada are due to high sodium intake. The report also flags bakery products, mixed dishes and processed meats as accounting for half of the sodium Canadians consume.