Facts: Salt

Facts: Salt

Many of us in the UK eat too much salt. Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure and put you at risk of health issues such as heart disease and stroke.  The Cheapest Life Insurance takes a look into the world of salt and suggests ways in which you can cut down your intake and therefore protect your health.

Many people think it’s just people who add salt to their food that eat too much but actually there is already salt in many of the things we eat including bread, ready meals, fast food, breakfast cereals and sauces.

Eating too much salt can put your long term health at risk as it can cause high blood pressure which although often doesn’t come with symptoms,can be harmful to the body as you’ll be at a higher risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke. Cutting down on salt will help to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risks of associated illnesses.

Some foods contain a lot of salt because of the way they are made whereas other foods contribute to a high level of salt in diets due to the fact we eat a lot of them.

Food which is high in salt includes:

  • Bacon
  • Cheese
  • Ham
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Anchovies
  • Gravy/stock cubes

These foods can be salty but it will be dependent on brand and varieties. These foods can be easy to cut down on if you look around using nutritional labels:

  • Pizza
  • Ready meals
  • Sandwiches
  • Soup
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Breakfast cereals

Adults shouldn’t be eating more than 6g of salt each day which is approximately the same as one teaspoon. Children and babies should eat less, obviously the younger the child the less salt they should be eating.

An easy way to cut down on your salt intake is to- stop adding salt to your food when you cook and when your food is in front of you. Many people automatically add salt to their food before even tasting it. Adding salt has certainly become an unnecessary habit for some. Many people have become so used to adding salt to their food that their taste buds are missing out on the real taste of some foods. Taste your food before adding salt! You can also decrease your salt intake by becoming more aware of the salt content in the everyday foods you buy using the nutritional labels provided. Your salt intake may be shown in terms of your (RI) which stands for reference intake. Nutritional information shown in red means high levels whereas lower levels are often shown in green or amber. Red foods should be more of a treat than a staple part of your diet.

If you have children it’s important you also protect them against a high salt diet. Children under 11 years old should have less salt in their diets than adults.  Remember ready meals can be high in salt and if you are feeding your children the same food as you it’s especially important to not top up on salt in your cooking.

It’s likely that a lot of us think our diet is low in salt as we don’t add it to our food but actually salt is hidden in lots of the food we eat within a normal week.  It’s time to keep check on what we are actually eating as a long term high salt diet could be detrimental to our health in the future. Here at the Cheapest Life Insurance we’ve got a feeling that once you start paying attention to your salt intake you’ll find it hard to stop. As we become more clued into what’s good for us it’ll hopefully an effect on our dietary choices, exercise routines and overall well-being.

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