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Salt Reduction Targets to Save Lives - HSF

According to the Department of Health, many processed foods on shop shelves have already hit the salt-reduction targets set for 2016.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa’s Sam Mabaso says that if all the department's goals are reached by the deadline year of 2019, almost 3 500 lives would have been saved every year and the department would save at least R500 000 in subsidies.

The Department of Health spokesperson, Khutso Rabothata, explains that: "Salt intake in South Africa is double the recommended levels and we've the highest hypertension rate in the world."

A Pinch of Salt Packs A Heavy Punch

Salt, it seems harmless - it is something we add to our food for flavour, sometimes before we have even tasted it, but what we do not realise is that too much salt is bad for us. A high salt diet is one of the key drivers of hypertension, or high blood pressure, and hypertension increases one’s risk of experiencing heart disease or stroke. South Africa has one of the highest rates of hypertension worldwide with 1 in 3 people over the age of 15 suffering from high blood pressure.

Hypertension Affects All South Africans, Not Just Whites

The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa was shocked to read of statistician-general for Statistics South Africa, Pali Lehohla’s comments as he reported to parliament’s portfolio committee on various studies on 11 September 2013, where he refutes his poorly-judged statements. Lehohla argued that hypertension-related illnesses such as strokes and heart attacks kill many more whites than blacks, and that the reason for this is because many whites are not happy.
 

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