Salt intake of less than 5 grams per day helps reduces cardiovascular diseases – experts

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Experts have revealed that salt intake of less than 5 grams per day for adults helps to reduce blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular diseases.

The call came through Nigerian Sodium Study Team of the Cardiovascular Research Unit, University of ABUJA Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada during a one day sensitisation awareness on salt effect in food and other consumables.

Nutrition Team Lead of the Unit and FCT Nutrition Officer, Mrs Clementina Okoro while sensitizing students of Government Girls College Dutse, noted the salt is important to the human system yet has adverse effects when consumed beyond the required percentage.

While speaking to the students of Government Girls Secondary school Dutse, Mrs. Clementina Okoro called on the students to embrace the knowledge and apply practical guidance to cooking practices both in school and at home in order to sustain a healthy generation.

She said excess salt intake leads to cardiovascular brain damage and heart diseases which causes death.

Also Speaking, principal of the school, Hajia Fatima Muhammad appreciated the FCT health department and promised to step down the knowledge acquired during the program to other students and parents.

On his part, Project Manager Nigerian Sodium Study Team, University of Abuja Mr Adedayo Ojo called on the students to adhere to the use of 5% intake of salt in order to reap the desired benefit of maintaining balance in the body and digestion.