_News Talk 770
A new University of Calgary report says it's time for government to be proactive and not reactive when it comes to canadians' sodium intake.
At issue is the drain the excessive sodium intake puts on the health care system, in turn the government's bottom line.
The U of C's School of Public Policy report says high blood pressure, stroke and cardiovascular disease are just some of the spinoffs from over-consumption of sodium..and that's not just salty foods like french fries and potato chips.
Report author Lindsay McClaren points to one example being bread, which is a moderate sodium source, but we tend to eat a lot of it.
McClaren has a number of recommendations, including having governments take a strong stand on sodium reduction, as well as setting targets, getting industry on board, and mandating national warning labels for a high sodium product.