Almost every healthy person takes salt. To eat food without salt is surely not a tasty experience. On the average, we eat about 10 grams of salt.
That’s two spoonfuls.
More than half the salt we eat is added by food manufacturers during food processing.
Less than quarter is added by food manufacturers during cooking or at table and the remaining quarter is naturally present in food.
Everyone needs some salt, but most people actually don’t need more than 1gram a day.
As long as you eat a good variety of food, you will get plenty salt without having to add extra.
For some people, eating too much salt can lead to high blood pressure which in turn causes heart disease and stroke.
At the moment there is no way of knowing in advance which people are likely to be affected by salt this way.
So if you want to play safe, cutting down on the amount of salt you eat is not a bad idea.
HOW TO EAT LESS SALT
- Use less salt in cooking.
- Try to get out of the habit of adding salt in food at the table
- Cut down on salty snack food
- Cut down on salted meat and fish
- If you buy tinned vegetables, buy the ones marked ‘no added salt’