The 18th National Salt Awareness Week will run 20-26 March 2017. While many people may already be aware of the health concerns associated with eating too much salt, they are sometimes surprised to learn that around 75% of the salt we consume is already hidden in the food we buy. This can make reducing your salt intake a little more difficult than you might think. The Food Standards Agency says adults should consume no more than 6g of salt a day which is the equivalent to about one teaspoon.
Our in-house nutritionists are always keen to share everyday ways to make healthier choices. Here are some top tips to help you to reduce your salt intake:
- Avoid adding salt when you’re cooking – lemon, garlic and other spices are an alternative way to add flavour to your dish
- Ditch the ready meals – these are well-known for their high salt content. It may take a little extra planning, but your body will thank you for it
- Swap everyday condiments such as ketchup for home-made sauces, salad dressings and salsas. Made in small batches, these can be kept in the fridge for you to dip into when you need them
Find out more about Salt Awareness Week here: http://www.actiononsalt.org.uk/awareness/Salt%20Awareness%20Week%202017/179718.html