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The World is Off-Track to Reduce Sodium Intake by 2025 – What You Need to Know

Eating too much salt has been identified as the top risk factor for diet and nutrition-related deaths.[0] A recent World Health Organization (WHO) Global report on sodium intake reduction shows that the world is off-track to achieve its global target of reducing sodium intake by 30 per cent by 2025.[0] Only nine countries currently have a comprehensive package of recommended policies to reduce sodium intake, with only 5 per cent of the global population protected by these mandatory sodium reduction policies.[1]

Tom Frieden, President and CEO of the nonprofit Resolve to Save Lives, emphasized the need for countries to implement ambitious, mandatory, government-led sodium reduction policies to meet the global target of reducing salt intake.[2] WHO developed a Sodium Country Score Card for Member States based on the type and number of sodium reduction policies they have in place.[3]

High sodium intake has been linked to increased risk of health conditions such as gastric cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, and kidney disease.[0] In order to reduce sodium intake, WHO encourages countries to establish sodium content targets for processed foods, in line with the WHO Global Sodium Benchmarks, and to enforce them through policies.[0] This comprehensive approach also includes reformulating foods to contain less salt, setting targets for the amount of sodium in foods and meals, and providing front-of-package labelling that helps consumers select products lower in sodium.[4]

The American Heart Association recommends that adults consume no more than 2.5 grams of salt per day, while WHO recommends less than 5 grams per day.[5] Table salt (sodium chloride) is the primary source of sodium, yet it can also be found in other condiments like sodium glutamate. This is a natural component of some foods and is sometimes used as a flavor enhancer.[6]

The FDA has put into place voluntary targets for sodium reformulation and food manufacturers are encouraged to set ambitious sodium reduction targets in their products.[3] The world needs action, and now, to reduce sodium intake and prevent disabling or deadly heart attacks and strokes.[7]

0. “Countries must make ‘massive efforts' to reduce salt intake: WHO” Newsroom Odisha, 9 Mar. 2023,

1. “The world is consuming way too much salt and outcome could be dire if we don't cut back: WHO report” KTVZ, 9 Mar. 2023,

2. “‘Massive efforts' required to reach salt reduction goal, says WHO”, 10 Mar. 2023,

3. “‘Massive efforts' are needed to reduce salt intake and protect lives, World Health Organization says – Local News 8”, 9 Mar. 2023,

4. “‘Massive efforts' are needed to reduce salt intake and protect lives, World Health Organization says” KMBC Kansas City, 9 Mar. 2023,

5. “‘WHO Global Report On Sodium Intake Reduction’: Countries Must Make ‘Massive Efforts’ to Reduce Salt Intake”, 10 Mar. 2023,

6. “World off-track to cut 30% sodium intake by 2025: WHO” News9 LIVE, 10 Mar. 2023,

7. “WHO: Massive efforts needed to reduce salt intake and protect lives | Loop Caribbean News” Loop News Caribbean, 9 Mar. 2023,

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