Cutting the salt
The problems with piling on the salt are many: high salt intake increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, putting a strain on your blood vessels and pressure on your heart. The kinds of things that can lead to stroke and heart attack in the long run.
So to keep your salt intake under control, keep these tips in mind:
Know what you need.
While the average Australian adult consumes about nine grams of salt per day, all our bodies really need to be healthy is about one to two grams. Puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?
Beware hidden salt.
You may not realise it, but there’s loads of salt in bread, cereals and processed foods. It’s the latter that’s the biggest worry: roughly 75% of the salt we eat comes from processed foods, so it’s a good idea to study the label before you eat anything.
Become a label expert.
Speaking of labels, salt is listed on the nutritional information panel as sodium. To check if a food is low in salt, have a look at the 100 gram column. Foods considered low in salt have 120mg or less sodium per 100g*.
If you spot a product that has more than 600mg of sodium per 100g, the Australian Division of Action on Salt & Health (AWASH) recommends avoiding it completely.
Phase out the saltshaker.
The more you salt your food, the more your taste buds will expect the flavour when you eat. So don’t get them used to it to begin with. Gradually ease up on adding salt and over time, you’ll find that your taste will change and you’ll need less salt to enjoy your meal.
Steer the kids clear.
Too much salt can affect children’s blood pressure and lead to health problems later in life. Salt can grow into an addiction, so keep the kids away from it today and they won’t be begging for it tomorrow.
At Freedom Foods, keeping our products low in salt is a priority. You won’t find any that have more than 600mg of sodium per 100g.