HPB Will Introduce More Alternatives For Salt In Response To Increasing Hypertension Cases
In March, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced plans to encourage Singaporeans to reduce their salt intake.
On Wednesday (28 Sep), the Health Promotion Board (HPB) revealed a closer look at these measures. For instance, more lower-sodium alternatives will be available in markets.
The board stressed the need for Singaporeans to use these measures to lower their salt intake, especially in light of rising hypertension cases.
HPB cites increasing numbers of patients with hypertension
Channel NewsAsia (CNA) reports that the number of Singaporeans with hypertension is on the rise.
More than one in three Singaporeans suffer from hypertension, a statistic evident across all subgroups of age, gender and ethnicity.
One of the causes of hypertension is a high sodium intake. Dr Eunice Pang, the deputy director of policy and strategy development at HPB, said:
Hypertension has risen in Singapore. At the same time, from our National Nutrition Survey, we have seen an increase in sodium intake.
HPB added that Singaporeans consume an average of 3,600mg of so...