FAQ: your salt intake

So we all know that some foods are worse for you than others, for example chocolate and fizzy drinks. Salt is the latest concern in health issues, with research and reports requesting that the level of salt needs to be reduced, as it is a major cause of heart problems and obesity in the UK. This FAQ will help you understand the danger of too much salt, and help you reduce your intake to help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

1. What are the initial health worries for too much salt intake?

Problems such as high blood pressure can rise, and this in turn can lead to strokes, heart disease, kidney disease and cancer.

2. What foods should contain the most salt?

It is so easy to eat a lot of salt as the majority of foods contain it, and when we eat a lot of that particular food (let’s say cereal every morning) then your intake is going to be considerably high.  Always check food labels to make sure that your particular product is a fairly low in salt intake.

3. How do I know a food is high in salt?

HIGH in salt = 1.5g salt per 100g

LOW in salt = 0.3g or less per 100g

 

4. What about these myths about salt in take; such as “food has no flavour without salt”?

FALSE! There are a lot of myths floating around about how salt is only added to food when you use your salt shaker. Most of these are false!

5. Is there any thing food standard agencies are doing to help?

Well many scientists are protesting for the government to impose limits on the amount of salt allowed in food. It could cut heart disease by 20%.

6. But what if I don’t like food without salt?

Your taste buds are very adaptable, so if you cut down on salt, they will be more sensitive to other flavours. If you stick to this low salt diet then saltier foods which you used to enjoy before, are harder to enjoy as they will appear too salty.

 

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