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Salt Intake

Don't eat too many foods high in salt, and cut down on amount of salt added in cooking and at the table

The average intake of salt is about 9g per day (about two teaspoons). Eating too much sodium, most of which comes from salt, can lead to high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. Some salt is needed in the diet but this 6g can easily be met by the salt which occurs naturally in foods.

On average it is recommended to reduce salt intake by a third. The amount of salt added in cooking and at the table should be cut down. Herbs and spices can be useful as substitutes.

As about two thirds of the salt in the diet comes from manufactured foods like soups, sauces, ready meals and meat products, choosing fewer of these foods or looking for lower salt versions will help to reduce the salt intake.

Salt and your health. The salt you eat. Your daily limit. Cutting down. And lots more... Visit http://www.salt.gov.uk

Salts that Heal and Salts that Kill

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