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Eating too much salt may raise your blood pressure, and having high blood pressure increases your risk of developing coronary heart disease. So to keep your heart healthy it’s important that you don’t eat too much salt each day.
How much is too much?
Adults should eat less than 6 grams of salt each day – that’s about one teaspoon. This includes the salt that’s contained within ready made foods like bread, as well as that which you add during cooking and at the table.

Hidden Salt

Most people already know that foods like crisps or dry roasted nuts are high in salt, but you might be surprised how much salt every day foods can add to your diet. Around three quarters of the salt we eat has already been added to our food before we buy it.
As well as foods like packet soups and sauces and ready meals, every day foods like bread and breakfast cereals often have added salt too. Because we eat these foods so often, the amount of salt they provide can really add up.
The amount of salt will vary between different brands and varieties, so checking food labels can help you choose healthier options for your diet.

Top tips for reducing your salt intake

Low salt food doesn’t need to be tasteless or bland. There are lots of things you can do to make sure your food is still exciting and satisfying.
• Check the nutritional information on food labels and try to pick low-salt options and ingredients
• Add less salt when cooking and don’t add salt to your food at the table. As you get used to the taste of food without salt, cut it out completely.
• Flavour your food with pepper, herbs, garlic, spices or lemon juice instead.
• Watch out for cooking sauces and seasonings like soy sauce or jerk seasoning.
• Swap salty snacks such as crisps and salted nuts with fruit and vegetables instead.
• Avoid saltier foods such as bacon, cheese, takeaways, ready meals and other processed foods.

Take a look at the recipes in our own healthy eating guide, if you do not have one already, this is available at the Club or online on our Facebook weight loss group page.

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