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Vegetables, salt and health

The Saigon Times

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Most people tend to consume more salt but less vegetables and fruits. Data from the World Health Organization STEPwise approach to noncommunicable disease risk factor surveillance (STEPS) conducted by the Ministry of Health in 2021 showed that about 59% of the population do not consume enough 400 grams of vegetables and fruits daily as recommended. Meanwhile, up to 78.2% of them constantly use salt, fish sauce or salty spices in their meals; and 8.7% always or frequently eat fast food containing high sodium content. On average, a Vietnamese adult consumes 8.1g of salt per day. Hazards of too much salt to health Dr. Tran Quoc Bao, head of the NCD Bureau under the General Department of Preventive Medicine, the Ministry of Health, told Suc khoe & Doi song news site that even though salt is essential for humans, salt redundancy is harmful to human health, causing high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases. In addition, salt redundancy increases the risks of stomach cancer, kidney failure, osteoporosis and several health disorders. According to experts from the Vietnam National Cancer Hospital, long-term consumption of sodium-rich food is not good for human health and may increase the risk of stomach […]
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