Monday, 3 June 2013


Many people do not realise that the amount of salt they consume on a daily basis could be putting their heart at risk. With that in mind, this blog entry will look into salt, looking at how much is too much, where salt is found and tips on how to reduce our salt intake. 

How Much is Too Much Salt

It is recommended, by health experts, that adults consume less than 6g of salt a day. A level teaspoon of salt is about 6g.

Currently, in the United Kingdom, the average intake of salt on a daily basis is above the recommended maximum allowance. 

Where Is The Salt?

Some of the main culprits of containing high levels of salt are processed foods, canned soups, take away foods and ready meals.

When we are out shopping it is important to look out for foods like baked beans, pizzas, pork pies and some breakfast cereals.

Effects of Too Much Salt

Consuming too much salt can have a negative impact upon our health. Too much salt can increase the risk of us developing high blood pressure, and this can lead to coronary heart disease.

Tips To Avoid Consuming Too Much Salt

Here are some tips to reduce the amount of salt in our diet:

  • Remove the salt pot from the dinner table
  • Check food labels when shopping
  • Add herbs and spices as a salt replacement
  • Switch salty snacks for fruits and veg
  • Avoid generally salty foods such as bacon
  • Be aware of cooking sauces as some are high in salt content
Salt is so easily over-consumed without the right knowledge and understanding. If we remain aware of how much salt we are allowed (maximum 6g per day) and we learn how to control our intake we will be fine.

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