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Salt: Are you getting too much?

Salt: Are you getting too much?
4 March, 2021
By Direct Chemist Outlet

Salt: Are you getting too much?

Salt: Are you getting too much?

- By Direct Chemist Outlet

 

Salt is essential for life. Getting too much or too little salt can cause health problems so getting the balance right is important. The Heart Foundation recommends 5g of salt (2000mg sodium) as a daily maximum amount, which is about a teaspoon. However, most Australians are eating more than double the recommended maximum amount of daily salt.1 In fact, about 75% of the salt we eat comes from processed foods, rather than from salt added to cooking and foods.2

Over time, eating too much salt, also known as sodium chloride, can contribute to high blood pressure which is linked to conditions such as heart disease, kidney problems, fluid retention, stroke and osteoporosis.

 

Understanding Food Labels

It is important to remember that all types of salt, including pink Himalayan, rock salt, black salt, table salt and sea salt contain the same amount of sodium. Sodium is the part of salt that can be damaging to health.

Many foods, although may not taste ‘salty’ contain a high amount of sodium. Knowing what nutrition information to look for, can help you make the best choice for your health and avoid purchasing products that are very high in salt.

 

 

References

  1. https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/heart-health-education/salt-and-heart-health
  2. https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/
  3. eatforhealth.gov.au
  4. https://www.health.qld.gov.au/

 

 

DISCLAIMER: This material contains general information about medical conditions and treatments and is intended for educational purposes only. It does not constitute medical or professional advice, nor should it be used for the purposes of diagnosing or treating any illness. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your local pharmacist or health provider to obtain professional advice relevant to your specific circumstances.

 

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