The World Cancer
Research Fund (WCRF) is asking for salt levels in foods to be labelled more
clearly to help people reduce their risk of developing stomach cancer.
According to the charity, the daily recommended allowance of salt is six
grams a day, but on average people are eating 8.6 grams and this is a major
contributing factor to around one in seven cases of the disease in the UK.
Most of this elevated consumption is not due to added salt, but because of the
high levels already contained in foods such as bacon, bread and breakfast
cereals. As a result the group wants the traffic light system of labelling
foods to be made compulsory.
This would mean all produce will be branded red for high, amber for medium and
green for low levels of salt and other nutrients.
Kate Mendoza, head of health information at the WCRF, said that stomach cancer
is difficult to treat, so this makes healthy lifestyles choices an essential
part of limiting the chances that people develop the disease.
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Cancer treatment news : 23 July 2012