World Salt Awareness week encourages people to watch out for the hidden salt in everyday food.
A recent study by the Australian Health Survey (AHS) has shown that Australians consume extremely high levels of salt, even without considering the salt added at the table.
Australian dietary standards recommend that we eat less than four grams of salt per day. The AHS has found that three out of four males, and two in five females are consuming between seven and ten grams daily.
World Salt Awareness week is from 16-20 March, and Queensland Health is encouraging everyone to look carefully at the amount of salt they consume, and work towards reducing their consumption by 30 percent.
Salt is often found where we don’t expect it, such as bread, breakfast cereals, processed meats, cheese and sauces.
Lowering salt intake can prevent conditions such as high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
It’s important to consider the salt that is added to foods before we buy it, and remember that before adding any additional salt to a meal.
Nutritionist Mathew Dick from Queensland Health notes that “just because you can’t taste the salt in certain foods, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t there.”
It’s also important to note that even if it’s rock salt, sea salt, iodised salt or pink Himalayan salt, they’re all just as bad for your health in excess.