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The lowdown on salt

Salt is an essential nutrient in the diet, but too much of it is widely recognised to be detrimental to our health. Salt is known to increase the risk of developing high blood pressure which is a major risk factor in developing heart disease

There is a clear health message to reduce the amount of salt in our diet, however, we need to be aware that many everyday foods contain high amounts of salt, even when the food doesn’t taste salty. If you can, take a little extra time in the supermarket to read the food labels of your store cupboard favourites. You may be quite surprised to see quite how much salt is in the product.

Daily salt intake guidelines:

Adults should be consuming a maximum of 6g of salt per day. This is the equivalent to one teaspoon. In the UK, the average salt intake is 8.1g. Salt in our diet comes from salt added during cooking, salt added at the table and salt contained in ready-made foods we eat.

Reading food labels:

Which foods are the worst offenders?

Tops tips to help reduce salt intake

Also, as an important point of note; Sea salt is no better/worse for your health than table salt