High blood pressure is the highest risk factor attributing to 42.4% of total deaths in the country, which is not at all surprising as Malaysians consume 74% salt than they need. The InterSalt Study of 1988 showed a positive relationship between salt intake and blood pressure, as sodium (which makes up salt) increases water retention, causing stress on the heart to increase the blood pressure.
In a food haven such as Malaysia, where 1 tablespoon of soy sauce in your favourite ‘kicap chicken’ becomes 18.4% of your recommended daily intake, it is all the more crucial that we become more distinguishing of what we eat. Check out the infographic below to see how you can reduce your salt intake.
The Ministry of Health is tackling the issue by launching a sodium reduction plan that will run the gamut from campaigns to regulations.