Salt Awareness Week
Do you know how much salt you are consuming?
Salt awareness week is upon us, so there is no better time to think about how much salt you are consuming. Government recommendations state we should have no more than 6g of salt (equivalent to 1 teaspoon) from our diet on a daily basis.
A diet containing too much salt is a contributing factor in causing high blood pressure, linked to many health problems including heart disease and stroke.
It is estimated that 75% of the salt we consume is already in everyday foods including breakfast cereals, bread, ready meals and takeaways.
Here are some tips to help reduce your salt consumption:
1. When shopping check the labels of the pre made foods you eat.
2. Where possible cook from scratch and try to use other ingredients to flavour your food e.g. fresh herbs, fresh chili and black pepper.
3. Limit your consumption of foods high in salt including ready-made sauces, cheese, processed meats like bacon and salami, stock cubes, ketchup and soy sauce.
As you can see, it only takes a bowl of cereal for breakfast and a lunchtime meal deal from a supermarket to have almost reached your recommended daily allowance of salt.
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