Expert Opinion

There is strong evidence to support salt as a vital nutrient to our bodies and that the recent government campaign aimed at reducing our salt intake could be too generalised.

The Salt Association is working with some leading nutritionists and expert academics to provide reputable research and opinion on salt related matters to help balance the debate.

Our Editorial Advisory Board is here to help educate people on the importance of salt in our diets.

Professor Tony Heagerty

We put several key questions to Professor Tony Heagerty, who is a UK expert on hypertension. Professor Heagerty is a professor of medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant physician on the staff of the Manchester Royal Infirmary. He is a former president of the European Society of Hypertension.

Dr David McCarron

Dr David McCarron is one of the world’s leading experts on the effects of nutrition on hypertension. He has been involved with an analysis of survey data on blood pressure and nutrient intake from more than 20,000 adults in National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys in the US over the past 20 years. It confirms that it is mineral deficiency rather than sodium intake that is the main influencer in high blood pressure.

Dr McCarron presented these findings at a recent London nutrition conference, where he also called for a health outcomes study to determine whether salt intake had any long-term effect on our health.


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