Registered Nutritionist and Dietitian, Enid Baptiste, says prolonged consumption of salty foods has contributed to an increase in chronic diseases among Jamaicans.

Sodium has long been a key ingredient in Jamaican cuisine. Ms Baptiste is recommending reduced consumption of salty foods to include the National Dish, Ackee and Saltfish.

She was reacting to recent calls by Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton for Jamaicans to reduce their salt intake.