HOW MUCH SALT SHOULD I HAVE EVERY DAY?
The World Health Organisation recommends that adults should consume no more than 2000mg of sodium per day, which is equivalent to 5g of salt. That’s about a teaspoonful daily.
HOW CAN I CUT DOWN ON SALT?
Processed foods can contain a high amount of salt, so you need to be aware of this when considering your diet. Foods already containing high levels of salt include:
• Cold Cuts & Cured Meats • Bread & Rolls • Sandwiches • Pizza
IS SALT ALL BAD?
The good news is that salt is an important and essential mineral in many body functions. At the recommended level of a teaspoon a day, salt helps to:
- Control blood sugar by promoting insulin sensitivity, which decreases the risk of diabetes.
- Maintain the correct levels of stomach acid needed for good digestion.
- Reduce stress hormones and improve sleep quality.
- Improve metabolism and encourage a healthy weight.
- Support a healthy thyroid function, which helps the brain, muscles, heart and other organs work efficiently and controls how the body uses food for energy.
- Balance hormone levels, helping the body to retain other important minerals such as magnesium and potassium.