Salt, A Public Health Issue: A Position Paper to HSE

Salt, an essential nutrient was only added to food 5,000 years ago. Now our consumption is 20-30 times greater than 5,000 years ago. Salt has been used for food preservation, and for adding flavour and texture to foods. Now, with modern technology and alternatives to salt as a preservative (chilling, refrigeration etc.) salt should play a lesser role in the modern diet.