The Department of Health (DOH) yesterday published the results of a recent study that showed the nation consumes more salt than is recommended each day. \nThe survey showed that men aged between 19 and 64 on average consume 1.9 times the daily recommended amount of salt, while women aged between 19 and 64 consume 1.5 times the recommended amount. \nThe DOH recommends that adults consume no more than 2.4g of salt each day. However, the study shows that on average adult males consume about 4.58g of salt each day, while adult females consume about 3.568g each day. \nThe study also showed that while men of all ages were consuming more salt than in previous years, women aged 30 or under also showed a significant increase in salt intake. \nMost people consume sodium through processed or artificially flavored foods, or through the addition of salt or soy sauce in cooking, said Pan Wen-harn (潘文涵), a researcher with the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at Academia Sinica. \nPan said that foods such as instant noodles may easily contain half of the recommended daily sodium intake. Other foods high in sodium include foods such as salted french fries and potato chips, as well as pickled foods and processed foods such as sausage links, hot dogs and ham. \nBureau of Health Promotion Director-General Chiou Shu-ti (邱淑媞) said that over-consumption of sodium contributes to an increased risk of high blood pressure, which could lead to strokes. \n“People who suffer from high blood pressure can effectively lower their blood pressure by limiting sodium intake to below 2,400mg per day,” Chiou said, adding that the effect is similar to taking medication each day, but without the side effects. \nThe bureau suggested that a good way to decrease sodium intake is to avoid instant noodles or add only half of the flavor package to the noodles. \nIt also recommended that consumers look at the nutritional information on packets to help them choose foods low in sodium.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
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‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’
More than half of Taiwan’s middle-aged population, those aged between 40 and 64, have at least one of the “three highs” — high blood pressure, high blood lipids or high blood sugar — and an unhealthy waist size, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said, adding that more than 30 percent also have metabolic syndrome. The HPA, the Taiwan Millennium Health Foundation and local health departments are cooperating to encourage people to regularly measure their waist circumference and keep it at a healthy size — no more than 90cm for adult men and no more than 80cm for adult women. Taichung Veterans General