To be honest, it’s a bit mixed. Salt is an essential mineral which regulates muscle contractions, fluid balance and nerve transmission. The problem is we overeat it. On average, we’re consuming 3,600mg per day, with the recommendations being no more than 2000mg. Essentially, we’re giving our bodies double the sodium it requires, which can lead to adverse health outcomes.
What are the main foods a-salt-ing our body?
Well, the main culprits include table salt (no duh), packaged food (cakes, biscuits, chocolate, etc.) and deep-fried foods (hot chips & fried fish). What might surprise you is that it’s also found in processed foods, like bread and cheese. Salt is commonly used as a preservative, as well as a flavour enhancer.
Salty strategies to moderate our sodium intake.
In conclusion, we need a little salt in our diets to help with normal body functioning. However, because of our highly processed diets, we are more likely to exceed salt recommendations as opposed to underdoing it. Therefore, it’s more important to be mindful about the secret sources of sodium - that way we can cut back! For a complete dietary assessment, as well as personalised strategies regarding salt reduction, book a consult at CQ Nutrition.
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Written by Annabel Johnston, BAppSc&MDietPrac