There are so many other - and healthier - options for adding flavour to your meals.1
Which will you try tonight?
Good to know about salt
Check food labels to see the salt content in the everyday items that you buy. Try and switch to lower-salt options if possible.2
Converting sodium to salt
Be careful when checking food labels as it could measure salt or sodium. To convert sodium to salt, multiply the sodium amount by 2.5. For example, 1g of sodium per 1OOg is 2.5g of salt per 100g.2
High in salt
Some foods are high in salt due to the way they are made, others contribute a lot of salt to our diet because we eat so much of them.2 Keep this in mind and try and find alternatives with a lower salt content.
In more detail
Health experts recommend adults limit their salt intake to 6g of salt a day (2.4g sodium). That's approximately 1 teaspoon.2 It is important for your salt intake not to be too high or too low.
If your salt intake is too high, you could experience raised blood pressure, and have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney diseases and stomach cancer. Additionally, too much salt can induce calcuria, which increases calcium losses in urine. Some of this lost calcium comes directly from your bones, which lowers bone density.2-4
If your salt intake is too low, you run the risk of elevated cholesterol, heart failure, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.5-7