'Hard to Shake': Globe and Mail series exposes the pervasive health risks associated with Canada's excessive salt consumption



    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - Each day, the average Canadian consumes
excessive amounts of sodium - an average of 3,100 milligrams - more than
double the recommended daily intake. The health implications are extremely
serious and include high blood pressure, heart attacks and a range of other
major health problems. And perhaps most disturbing is the fact most Canadians
aren't even aware of this hidden health threat. Up to 80 per cent of the salt
we consume is already in food when we buy it.
    On Saturday, June 20, The Globe and Mail launches "Hard to Shake" a
four-part investigative series that shines the spotlight on salt consumption
and asks the hard-hitting questions Canadians need answers to. The series will
look at the damaging health effects of too much salt, the potential dangers it
poses to children, the surprising places where sodium lurks, how our genes
might explain the mystery of who is at risk, and why our government has been
slow to develop a strategy to address a serious, wide-ranging health issue.
    "Most Canadians would be shocked to learn how much salt they and their
families really consume on a daily basis," said Carly Weeks, Life Reporter,
The Globe and Mail. "This is a major health issue with very real consequences,
yet Canadians have little information or control over the amount of sodium in
their food. While countries like Britain have launched aggressive salt
reduction programs, Canada has done little about it."
    The multimedia series will run in The Globe's Focus & Books, front News
and Life sections, and online at www.theglobeandmail.com, where readers can
access online discussions, video, audio and interactive tools.
    And beginning Friday, June 19 at globeandmail.com, readers can take the
'salt quiz'. You'll be asked to pick from two products and guess which is
higher in sodium. The results may reveal some startling facts about how much
salt you're consuming.

    
    Also included online:

    -  Salt intake calculator: Readers will be presented with a list of more
       than 100 items showing sodium levels and percentage of daily limit for
       each. Click on the foods you eat and watch it add up.
    -  Four Canadian celebrity chefs weigh in on creative ways to add flavour
       to your food without using salt.
    -  Registered Dietitian Leslie Beck hosts an online discussion on
       salt-free and sodium-reduced eating: what to look for in your foods;
       what to eat and what to avoid.
    -  The Sodium Diaries: Dave McGinn blogs daily about tracking his sodium
       intake - and trying eat without exceeding the recommended limit
    

    The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, is a division of
CTVglobemedia, a dynamic multimedia company, which also owns CTV Inc.,
Canada's number-one private broadcaster.





For further information:

For further information: Teresa Pagnutti at (416) 969-2721,
tpagnutti@environicspr.com; Jennifer Hills, (416) 969-2669,
jhills@environicspr.com

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