Eating too much salt raises your blood pressure. High blood pressure is a factor in heart disease and stroke. So it’s important not to have too much of it.
If you are aged 7 to 10 years you need less than 5g salt a day (2g sodium)
If you are 11 and over you need less than 6g salt a day (2.4g sodium)
Tips to cut down the salt in your diet:
- Check labels on foods. Go for ones with less added salt.
- Add only tiny amounts of salt while cooking.
- Don't have salt on the table - taste your meal first before adding salt.
- Try different spices and herbs to add flavour to your meals.
- Snacks like crisps and nuts are covered in salt - buy unsalted nuts and cut the crisps!
- Cut down on other very salty foods like pot noodles, baked beans, pizzas, sausages and burgers.