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Reduce salt and reduce risk of cancer


Everyone knows that high intake of salt is bad for you, linking it predominantly to heart disease and high blood pressure.

But now research is also linking it to stomach cancer.

The research comes from the World Cancer Research Fund which has shown that people are eating around 8g of salt a day, but reducing it to the recommended daily intake of 6g per day also reduces the risk of stomach cancer.

It’s not just about the salt you add to foods though. Take a closer look at the packets of the food you are eating and you’ll find surprisingly high levels of salt in places where you wouldn’t expect it.

Of course you’ll know it’ll be in crisps, bacon and sauces, but what about bread and breakfast cereals too? Low fat foods also high high salt contents, as well as high sugar contents, to add flavour to an otherwise bland product.

Every year in the UK there are around 6,000 cases of stomach cancer and WCRF reckons that one in seven could be prevented by sticking to the daily guidelines. Cancer Research UK reckon the reduction could be even higher.

So, my advice, try to avoid all packet / pre-made foods and create your own, then you know what’s going in to it. Plus, it’s fresher, tastier, and healthier too. And, for all you people who say it takes too long – ok it takes about an extra few minutes, but what’s an extra few minutes everyday to give you an extra few years of healthy live? Put the packet down and head to the grocers.

Read more about it at BBC Health



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