Beware of the hidden salt in the food we eat. How much are you eating? If you want to avoid a number of health issues try cutting down on your salt intake
According to the food standard Agency (FSA) most of us are consuming far too much salt. On average it is estimated that adults consume 12g of salt a day, twice the recommended 6g (equivalent to one teaspoon a day). The same applies to children who are consuming on average 6g daily, twice their recommended amount (3g per day). The reason why this is of such concern is that there is now overwhelming evidence to suggest that a high salt intake is responsible for a whole host of serious health problems. One of effects of eating too much salt is that it raises your blood pressure increasing the risk of strokes and heart disease. A recent Committee on Medical Aspects Report On Nutrition and Heart Disease concluded that reducing the amount of salt we eat by one third could reduce the number of strokes by 22% and heart attacks by 16% saving at least 34,000 deaths a year.
But high salt levels are also linked to many other health concerns including osteoporosis, cancer of the stomach, asthma, fluid retention and kidney stones.
Babies are particularly vulnerable as they are unable to process large quantities of salt. A high salt intake in the early months can lean to kidney, liver and brain damage another reason to keep babies on breast milk for at least the first four months. Children are also at risk especially as they often consume a high level of salty foods.