Do you find you regularly reach for the salt shaker whilst cooking or before eating a meal? You’re not the only one – according to the NHS many of us consume more than the RDA of 6g of salt. However you may want to think again as too much sodium is linked with high blood pressure and increased risk of strokes and heart disease.
You don’t have to cut out salt completely, but with these simple munch tips you can easily cut down your sodium intake and eat your way to better health!
1) Swap for LoSalt
Sometimes only salt will do, and the good news is that it’s not necessarily salt that’s bad for you, more the sodium content within it. LoSalt is a great alternative for regular salt as it provides the taste with 66% less sodium. Get it from your local supermarket and visit their website for more information.
2) Squeeze some Lemon
Fish and chips? Try squeezing fresh lemon juice over instead of salt. It triggers the same taste buds as salt, providing the same sharp taste with no sodium.
3) Spice Up Your Life
Instead of standard salt try experimenting with different flavours like herbs and spices. Paprika and Cajun spices will add a kick to your meal and could even fire up your metabolism.
4) Taste Test
Do you really need that extra dash of salt? Taste your food first before reaching for the salt on autopilot and chances are you’ll find that it doesn’t need it.
5) Avoid Processed Foods
It’s not just the added salt that we need to look out for, but also the hidden salt content in many of our favourite processed foods. In fact, 75% of the salt we consume is already in everyday foods. Bread, tinned soups and even breakfast cereals can contain surprising amounts of salt. So look out for anything that contains more than 1.5g of salt per 100g, and try to enjoy fresh or homemade foods as much as possible.
Do you add salt to your meals? Have you tried LoSalt?