Joel spoke to Prevention magazine about some common salty offenders – see the link.
Recent data suggests that Australian adults eat more than 7.4 million kilograms of added salt, aka sodium, every year. That’s enough to fill 760 Olympic-sized pools. That is a staggering statistic! Not to mention, it’s playing havoc on the health of our hearts, kidneys and bones.
It’s not just Aussies who love salt. After all, salt adds flavour to meals and is used as a preservative. Nevertheless, reducing our salt intake should be a high priority public health goal.
A diet high in salt increases blood pressure as the extra salt in the blood vessels is accompanied by additional water. This causes extra strain on your heart to pump the blood around the body effectively. Reducing salt in your diet can ease the pressure on your blood vessels and reduce the load on the heart.
While the salt content of the foods will vary, it’s essential to choose ones with low sodium. Ideally, we should be selecting foods with less than 400mg per 100g. Better yet, select foods with less than 120mg of sodium per 100g – it’s the gold standard! Being a savvy shopper can help you make better and more informed choices.