Sodium consumption may have gone up during pandemic, causing rise in hypertension

aksodium22 - Roasted Chicken Rice from a hawker stall in Malaysia
Restaurants and hawkers tend to use a higher amount of sodium to enhance the flavour of their dishes. PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO
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SINGAPORE - Singaporeans are consuming almost twice the amount of sodium recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and this has led to more people being diagnosed with hypertension.

WHO recommends a daily limit of 2,000mg of sodium, but people here took in an average of 3,600mg of sodium a day in 2018, with nine in 10 exceeding the daily limit.

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