Salt and health: the CASH and BPA perspective


Penelope Gilbert, CASH Nutritionist, Consensus Action on Salt and Health, Blood Pressure Unit, St George's Hospital, Cranmer Terrace, London, SW17 ORE, UK. E-mail:


Summary  This paper reviews the strong evidence that links our current high salt intakes to high blood pressure and current evidence for less established links with other adverse health effects such as stomach cancer and osteoporosis. It looks at our current salt intake in relation to recommendations, together with the sources of salt in our diet. The current situation with the food industry and retailers salt reduction programmes is highlighted and further necessary steps are discussed. This paper also discusses the confusion behind salt labelling and simple ways we can all lower our salt intake.