Many people are risking strikes and heart attacks by consuming too much salt, a professor of cardiovascular medicine has said.
Professor Graham MacGregor, chairman of Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH) has called for more awareness of the dangers of over consuming the condiment.
He put the main responsibility with the food industry, blaming unclear labelling and misleading information.
Professor MacGregor said: "People are unaware of that [hidden salt in foods] and they think that they may be able to cut back by using less salt at the table or in their own cooking but that only makes up about ten per cent of our salt intake."
Many other diseases are linked to overconsumption of salt, though Professor MacGregor warned that many people were unaware of them.
These included stomach cancer, osteoporosis, kidney disease, obesity and water retention.
Recent research by CASH found that while nine out of ten people are aware that salt can damage your health, significantly fewer people knew how or in what ways salt was a risk.