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Salt: Dietary Advice

Volume 670: debated on Thursday 10 March 2005

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What assessment has been made of the associated health risks to patients with kidney disease of the replacement of sodium with potassium chloride and monosodium glutamate in processed food. [HL1581]

Part one of the National Service Framework for Renal Services published in January 2004 makes it clear that foods containing potassium or sodium need to be restricted by people receiving kidney dialysis. People on dialysis should receive dietetic advice locally on foods they need to avoid or take in moderation including advice on the use of potassium chloride as a salt substitute or the consumption of foods containing monosodium glutamate.

asked Her Majesty's Government:What guidance is given to newly diagnosed diabetes patients with regard to recommended salt intake levels; and how this guidance is communicated to the health personnel who will be advising patients. [HL1582]

Newly diagnosed diabetes patients should receive appropriate advice regarding dietary concerns, including salt intake, from their healthcare practitioner. Guidance on recommended salt intake has been provided by the Food Standards Agency and is communicated through the Chief Medical Officer's report, which is widely circulated throughout the health service and particularly to all medical practitioners.