Eating too much salt can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure but it can be a difficult habit to break because we get used to a certain amount of salt in our food.
The recommended maximum amount of salt for adults is six grams a day, which is about a teaspoon. At the moment, adults on average have more than that. All types of salt count, including sea salt, flakes and crystals. It’s also important for children to cut down on salt, to help prevent them becoming used to a high-salt diet from an early age.
It’s not just about the salt you add to food yourself. You may be surprised to know that most of the salt we eat comes from processed foods. Foods high in salt include soups, sauces, cheese, biscuits, ready meals and fast foods. There can also be a lot of salt in everyday foods like bread and breakfast cereals.
Although salt levels in food in the UK have been getting lower, we’re still eating too much salt. Please make sure you check the food labels to see how much salt is in the products you are buying and go for the ones with the least salt in them.