DOH looks to raise taxes on salty foods

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The Department of Health (DOH) said it is looking to propose higher excise taxes on salty foods like processed meat and instant noodles to discourage the public from eating unhealthy food.

Eric Domingo, Health Undersecretary, said “eating too much salty food makes one prone to diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, a leading cause of deaths in the Philippines.”

“It has been found in many countries that when you tax products that are unhealthy, talagang nagde-decrease ‘yung intake and ‘yung companies nagre-reformulate (the intake decreases and companies reformulate their products)…It’s something the Department of Health is studying,” he added.

The World Health Organization suggests a daily salt intake of not more than 5 grams to prevent heart disease and stroke.

However, Filipinos average intake of 11 to 15 grams is nowhere near to the recommended amount.

“Start training the kids right now kasi immature pa ‘yung brains nila,” said cardiologist Anthony Leachon, also former president of state health insurer PhilHealth.

The WHO further explained that the public should only consume iodized salt or “fortified” with iodine since it is essential for healthy for human brain.