Those with cheap takeaway insurance will be fascinated to learn that some councils are trying to save them some more money.

Even cheap takeaway insurance can be expensive these days, but trying to cut more corners by saving the expense of salt might not hack it with many fast food outlets.

The media have been reporting that one council has come up with a great way to reduce the nation’s intake of salt; by placing the shakers out of sight.

Apparently, this is the second move to reduce salt intake; the first was reducing the number of holes in the top of a shaker. Now with the shakers out of sight like naughty children, people won’t be tempted to indulge so much.

It’s an idea from Stockport Council which apparently is the first council in the Manchester area to try and help people’s health by saying no to too much salt.

The key difference is that customers will have to ask for salt shakers, rather than having them to hand. A number of the local chippies have already agreed to ‘hide’ their salt shakers and admit that not putting them on display has cut down consumption.

But a number of other takeaways don’t appear so ready to do away with the shaker just quite yet.

The initiative is called ASK and, far as many restaurants and takeaways are concerned, it’s voluntary. If successful, it’s planned to take it nationwide.

Town halls appear to be leading the way in these sort of health care initiatives by proxy and as well as reducing the number of holes in salt shakers, some have actually limited the number of takeaways that can be located in a given area. The hole initiative might have got some stick, but research did suggest that if those were reduced from the standard 17 to only five, then salt consumption would be halved. The town halls gladly went out and bought thousands of shakers and distributed them throughout their boroughs.

Those buying cheap takeaway insurance might worry about the quality of the offering if salt reductions are made in such a manner, but health experts remain worried about the levels of salt humans consume, which experts calculate to be around nine grams an average per day. The recommended limit is 6 grams for adults and from 2 grams for children between one and three; 3 grams for four to six; and, 5 grams for those between seven to ten.

It’s reckoned that too much salt raises the risk of general heart disease, strokes and blood pressure. Furthermore, research has shown that cutting back by just three grams a day, can cut the risk of cardiovascular disease by 25%.

So, cheaper salt bills might just mean a bigger chance at cheap takeaway insurance.

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