Developing a policy to reduce salt levels in food eaten outside the home in Malaysia

Mhairi Brown, International Programme Lead for World Action on Salt and Health In February of this year, we were delighted to be awarded funding by the Newton Fund Impact Scheme to investigate how to lower salt levels in the out of home sector (which includes restaurants, cafes and street food vendors) in Malaysia, along with... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Reducing Salt and Sugar During Ramadan

  Dr Kawther Hashem, Campaign Lead for Action on Sugar In the UK, Muslims will be abstaining from food and drink from sunrise (approx. 4am) until sunset (approx. 8.15pm). During the month, only two main meals will be consumed by the majority of Muslims, the iftar (evening meal to break the fast) and suhur (the pre-dawn meal before... Continue Reading →

Worrying trends in salt intake in China

Monique Tan PhD Student, Queen Mary University of London Why does salt matter in China? Considered “king of all flavours”, salt has played an essential role in the preparation and preservation of foods for thousands of years in China. However, eating too much salt increases the risk of multiple health conditions, especially cardiovascular disease (via... Continue Reading →

Brazil’s Salt Reduction Program

For our first blog post, we turn to Brazil! Brazil set up a salt reduction programme in 2007 which has had a successful decade, due largely in part to the cooperation of the Brazilian food industry.  Why is salt reduction needed in Brazil? The Brazilian Household Budget Survey 2008-20091 found that, on average, Brazilian adults consume a... Continue Reading →

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