This week, February 29th-March 6th, it’s Salt awareness week, a campaign promoted by World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) to raise awareness about the importance of eating less salt.
Salt is important for many biological functions of our body. However, consuming too much salt can cause high blood pressure and promote different diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and stomach cancer. A recent study also linked childhood salt intake to obesity.
How much salt should we eat?
According to the World Health Organization, adults should eat no more than 5 grams of salt per day (about a tea spoon). Unfortunately, many people consume almost twice the recommended maximum level!!
Salt in our food
Salt is present in different food items such as cheese, olives, meats, fish, condiments like soy sauce, but it’s also added in large amount in processed food like salty snacks, processed meat, sauces, pre-made meals, breakfast cereals, bread. We also tend to add salt when preparing our food by using salt or bouillon cubes, soy or fish sauce.
How can we reduce salt intake?
Some people argue that food is not tasty if it’s not salty. Well, that’s actually not true. Your taste buds can adjust to eat less salt, and once you get used to it, you will appreciate a broader range of flavors 😉