Salt is often hidden in everyday foods such as bread, breakfast cereal, sauces and ready meals which can result in us eating much more salt than we realise. The daily recommended intake of salt for adults is 6g which equates to around a teaspoon and this is lower for children according to their age. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Healthy Lifestyles team is encouraging people to switch to lower salt versions in the supermarkets and cut down on the amount of additional salt they add to food.
Jenny Broom, Healthy Lifestyle Advisor at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“Small steps to reduce salt intake can go a long way in improving health and prevent serious health conditions from developing.
“You don’t have to be adding salt to food to be eating too much – a massive 75% of the salt we consume is already in the foods we eat every day, with processed foods, ready meals and takeaways being our main concern.
“The national Change4Life campaign includes some great tips on spotting hidden salt and alternatives to avoid your salt consumption being too high. Being aware of foods that are typically high in salt is really important when making food choices.”
Salt awareness week is running from 10 – 16 March this year and encourages people all over the world to take control of their own health and be aware of what they are eating.
Salt is sometimes referred to as ‘sodium’ on food labels and it can be easily calculated by multiplying the amount of sodium found on labels by 2.5.
For further information and top tips please visit www.nhs.uk/Change4Life and search ‘salt’.