Salt – the forgotten killer!

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The Lincolnshire CCGs are once again supporting Salt Awareness Week which runs from Monday 9 March to Sunday 15 March and this year the theme is 'Hide and Seek'!

We all know that we should be adding less salt to our food at the table or during cooking, but salt is also added to so many other products. Whether it’s your cereal at breakfast, your snack for elevenses, your sandwich at lunch or your takeaway in the evening, salt is there.

However, salt isn’t always obvious and comes in different shapes and sizes, but just because you don’t personally add salt to your food, and just because it doesn’t necessarily taste salty, it doesn’t mean salt isn’t there. And when eating at a restaurant it’s impossible to know how much salt is in the food because chefs add a different level of seasoning each time they cook a dish.

Many people now know that eating too much salt is bad for their health - it raises blood pressure which can lead to strokes and heart attacks - and that by simply eating less we can lower our chances of dying prematurely.   There is an emphasis on the further work that needs to be done if we are to reach the UK maximum daily salt limit of 6g. 

During Salt Awareness Week the ask will be for all of us to think more about our salt intake, we can all do our bit to #EatLessSalt

Dr Kevin Hill, Lincolnshire GP said:

“You don't have to add salt to your food to eat too much of it – around 75 per cent of the salt we eat is already in everyday foods such as bread, breakfast cereal and ready meals.

“A good tip to help reduce the amount of salt in your diet is to taste the food you are going to eat before you add salt. Many of us add salt out of habit, but it's often unnecessary, and your food will taste good without it.

“Almost everyone in the UK eats too much salt. If we could achieve a three-gram reduction in the average daily intake by adults that would have a huge impact on reducing the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease.

“There are lots of other ways to add flavour to your cooking without using any salt. Black pepper, fresh herbs and spices are good as is baking or roasting your vegetables and making sauces from tomatoes or garlic”

Published 10/03/2020