Be­fore You Sprin­kle

The People's Friend - - Short Story By Jacqui Cooper -

New re­search by Los­alt shows that 86% of peo­ple do not know how much salt they should be hav­ing a day. GP Dr Sarah Jarvis says ex­cess salt raises our blood pres­sure, and high blood pres­sure is a ma­jor risk fac­tor for stroke and heart dis­ease. In the UK, it is rec­om­mended that we should be eat­ing a max­i­mum of 6g of salt a day – that’s about a tea­spoon­ful. Here’s how you can cut down:

• Avoid sea­son­ing and adding salt to food at home. Try us­ing herbs, spices and lemon juice in­stead. Wean­ing your­self off salt takes some get­ting used to, but your palate will ad­just with time

• If you can’t go with­out salt, then you are bet­ter to use a re­duced sodium salt like Los­alt in­stead

• Don’t be duped into think­ing posh gourmet sea and rock salts are bet­ter for you. They all con­tain ex­actly the same amount of sodium as reg­u­lar ta­ble salt

• Try to cut down on pro­cessed food, such as ready meals, as this is where the ma­jor­ity of salt in our di­ets comes from

• Also keep pro­cessed meats to a min­i­mum. Ba­con, ham and sausages all con­tain salt

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