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Calls for Swedes to eat less salt

Published torsdag 18 juli 2013 kl 12.03
Salt is even the main selling point of many popular Swedish liquorices. Photo: Anders Wiklund / Scanpix

A national strategy is needed to reduce the amount of salt eaten in this country, according to the Swedish Food Agency and KIS, a Stockholm consumer organization.

At present, Swedish people eat twice as much salt as they should. This entails a significant health risk, since over-consumption of salt can lead to high-blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other ailments.

The Swedish Food Agency recommends that people eat no more than five to six grams of salt each day. That amounts to about one teaspoon.

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