New tool launches to showcase latest research on dietary salt intake

The Science of Salt Weekly, an email newsletter that summarizes the latest evidence and research related to dietary salt intake, has been launched to raise more awareness about the risks of eating too much salt.  

Reducing salt intake is a key way to prevent and control hypertension and chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death and disability worldwide.

The Science of Salt Weekly provides summary synopses of current research and evidence as a way to bring greater attention to the evidence supporting dietary sodium reduction. It is the first tool of its kind to ensure evidence related to dietary sodium is up to date and easily accessible.

In weekly PubMed searches on dietary sodium, results retrieve on average 70 articles per week, the majority of which are supportive of sodium reduction. Despite this large body of research and evidence supportive of sodium reduction, several studies have been published in recent years which challenge the benefits of reducing dietary sodium. The Science of Salt Weekly puts such evidence in context of the broader research in this important health area.

In collaboration with The George Institute for Global Health, the newsletter is an initiative of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Research (HSFC/CIHR) Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control.

Funding for this initiative comes from the Canadian Stroke Network and the George Institute for Global Health. Science of Salt Weekly has received formal support from the World Hypertension League, World Action on Salt and Health, the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction and the PAHO/WHO Technical Advisory Group on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention through Dietary Sodium.

For more information, to view the newsletter archive and to sign-up to have this newsletter delivered right to your inbox, visit the HypertensionTALK website.