Sneaky Salt Offenders

New Zealanders are consuming more salt ten needed for good health. Here to pepper us with information about the world of salt is nutritionist Lola Berry. 

Too much Salt? The Health Risks

  • It’s important to know that we need salt to function, the issue is that in Western cultures we’re consuming way too much!
  • High Blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Risk of stroke, heart attack and heart failure with increase
  • Kidney disease
  • The good news: this is preventable!!

 Tips for reducing salt intake:

  • Eat more fresh fruit and veggies
  • Home-cooked meals
  • Choose low-salt varieties
  • Read labels (salt, baking soda, sodium bicarbonate, MSG – all high levels of sodium)
  • Retrain your taste buds; the more salt you add the more tolerance you build up the increase in desire for salty tasting food!

Sneaky Salt Offenders:

  • Bread
  • Breakfast cereals (muesli can be a ripper choice, but always read the label to check no salt has been added, or better still try making a batch of your own, it will taste awesome, keep for ages and you’ll know exactly what’s going in to your body!)… a bowl of cornflakes has the same amount of salt as a packet of potato chips!
  • Processed, packaged prepared foods
  • Takeaway, fast food and eating out
  • Canned soups, sauces and flavour enhancers
  • Bacon, sausages and most cheeses
  • Cakes and biscuits

General Safe Salt Intake

  • For an adult 19 years plus: 1600mg sodium per day
  • For 4-8 year olds it’s around the 1400mg

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