The health message is clear - cut your salt intake to avoid a number of serious health problems.
Most of us are consuming more than the recommended maximum of 6 grams of salt or one teaspoonful a day. And this really matters because there is overwhelming evidence that a high salt intake is linked to high blood pressure as well as heart disease, strokes, osteoporosis, cancer of the stomach, asthma attacks and kidney stones. The good news is that experts suggest it takes just three weeks to re-educate your palate and to get used to a lower salt diet.
Quick salt guide
- Adults should aim for a maximum of 6g total intake of salt per day
- From December 2014 all food labels are required to list only salt - this makes it easier for us to understand how much salt is in a product. Previously salt was often labelled as sodium which required us to calculate the salt equivalent - this can be done by multiplying the sodium amount by two and a half, eg 0.5 sodium x 2.5 = 1.25g salt
- When choosing products look at the label - a packaged food is high in salt if it contains more than 1.5g salt per 100g and low if it contains 0.3g salt or less per 100g.