Shake the Salt Habit

What is one simple thing you could do to improve your health?

The answer: ‘Shake the salt habit’

It is recommended that we eat no more than 6g salt a day, which is about a teaspoon. However, research shows we are eating 8.1g of salt per day, on average, a third over the maximum recommendation. We need some salt to help with fluid regulation but it is rare for us not to have enough salt in our diet. High levels of salt in our diet leads to high blood pressure which increases our risk of heart disease and stroke. Therefore cutting down is one way to improve your health.

You may think that your food tastes bland if you don’t add salt but your taste buds adapt to there being less salt in your food in about 3 weeks. If you flavour your food in other ways, such as using herbs, spices, lemon and pepper, you won’t notice the difference as much.

But it may not be as simple as cutting out adding salt to your food or when you are cooking as salt can be found in a range of foods. In fact three quarters of the salt the nation eats comes from ready made, processed foods? It can be found in ready made soups and sauces, ready meals, bread and even cereals.  Make sure you read the food labels of all the foods you eat and choose lower salt options when shopping. Or you could use Action on Salt’s Food Switch app to scan the barcodes of the foods you see in the supermarket to help you make healthier choices.

Salt Awareness Week runs from 14th - 20th March. What could you do to Shake the salt habit?
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