The average British adult still eats too much salt every day despite reducing consumption over the last decade, according to new figures.
Health experts warn against adults aged between 19 and 64 consuming more than 6g of salt per day, but the Department of Health’s annual report on dietary sodium intake shows the average person now consumes 8.1g.
Men consume an average of 9.3g of salt per day, while women eat 6.8g, the assessment of the sodium content of 547 adults’ urine suggested.
Four out of five men (80%) and more than half of women (58%) exceed the recommended maximum daily intake. But the overall average daily consumption has dropped from 9.5g 10 years ago when the UK’s salt reduction policy was brought in.
The results suggest the UK has the lowest salt intake of any developed country, according to Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash), although the group blamed cafes, restaurants, takeaways and the Department of Health for “slow progress”.
Cash chairman and professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Wolfson Institute Graham MacGregor said: “This one-and-a-half gram reduction in salt intake shows progress is happening but there is still a very long way to go.
“Our salt intakes have come down thanks to a clear set of voluntary salt targets that were developed by Cash and the Food Standards Agency, which have largely been achieved by the responsible food manufacturers.”