We eat twice as much salt as recommended. Eat more green. Norwegians diet.

People are conscious of not eating too much salt, but since there is salt in so many foods, it is difficult for the consumer to control how much salt they actually get.

The Institute of Public Health has finished analyzing the salt level in 500 samples of urine from participants in the Tromsø survey.

Measuring the population's salt intake by analyzing urine samples collected over a day is the best way to chart salt consumption in a population because 90 percent of salt is excreted in the urine.

Preliminary results from the survey show that the daily salt intake for Norwegian men is about ten grams, while on average women average almost eight grams.

For men this is twice as much as recommended daily intake, which is max five grams. The differences between the sexes are explained by the fact that men often have a higher food intake than women.

The authorities aim to reduce the salt intake in the Norwegian population by 1.5 grams per day during the next year. In the long run, the goal is that Norwegians do not eat more than five grams per day.

To achieve this, signed the food industry and health authorities before Christmas an agreement for, among other things to reduce the salt content in food. According to Høie, the salt content in groceries is already reduced.

The industry started a few years ago to reduce the salt content of bread. In recent years, tons of salt have been taken from the bread we buy in the store. But it is important for a gradual slowdown so that the consumer is familiar with less salty flavors.

According to the Directorate of Health, the largest sources of salt in Norwegians diet are processed foods such as meat, cheese, bread and snacks.

For example, many do not know that there is as much salt in some bread as it is in salted peanuts.

High salt intake is associated with increased blood pressure that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Blood pressure in the general population decreases. And there are fewer cardiovascular diseases today than 20 years ago. But it is desirable that the figures go further down.

If you want to reduce your chances of getting high blood pressure, you should, in addition to reducing the intake of salty foods, eat more green.

If you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, it also has an anti-hypertensive effect. You can also look for keyhole marked foods in the store.