You don't have to add salt to food to be eating too much, roughly 75% of the salt we eat is already in everyday foods such as bread, breakfast cereal and ready meals. High salt intake can cause high blood pressure, especially the older we get. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, and it is estimated that in England about one in every three people who have high blood pressure don’t know it. But if you have it, you are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke.
Low Salt Salt in our food can raise our blood pressure and aggravate heart disease or strokes. In our Western diet where processed foods feature so highly we eat far too much salt without even realizing it. So if you want to begin to care for your heart by limiting your salt intake it can be difficult to know where to start.
Low Sodium Diet A low salt or low sodium diet should, according to the Food standards Agency be limited to 6 grams of salt a day - around a single teaspoon. That may sound like quite a lot, but the average person eats between 8-11 grams a day. Labelling for low salt We will only describe a product as low salt if the manufacturer has labelled it low salt. As this can be inconsistent & manufacturers may be talking comparatively please always check out the nutritional information for the actual salt used.
Foods that contain salt Some foods are almost always high in salt because of the way they are made. Other foods, such as bread and breakfast cereals, can contribute a lot of salt to our diet. But that’s not because these foods are always high in salt – it’s because we eat a lot of them. High-salt foods. The following foods are almost always high in salt. To cut down on salt, eat them less often or have smaller amounts: -anchovies -bacon -cheese -gravy granules -ham olives -pickles -prawns -salami -salted and dry roasted nuts - salt fish -smoked meat and fish -soy sauce stock cubes -yeast extract
Foods that can be high in salt In the following foods, the salt content can vary widely between different brands or varieties. That means you can cut down on salt by comparing brands and choosing the one that is lower in salt. Nutrition labels can help you do this. These foods include: -bread products such as crumpets, bagels and ciabatta pasta sauces -crisps -pizza -ready meals -soup -sandwiches -sausages -tomato ketchup, mayonnaise and other sauces -breakfast cereals