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S is for salt

An average Australian eats about a teaspoon more salt than recommended for a healthy diet.

It’s easy to eat salt – 75% of our salt intake comes from processed food. High levels of salt in food can be found in many of our winter comfort foods – soups, stocks, processed meats, sausages, hot chips, pizza and sauces.

A high intake of salt can increase blood pressure, at any age, and increase the risk of heart disease – Australia’s number one killer. High blood pressure can go undetected, as symptoms are often not obvious.

To lower salt this winter, Maria Packard, Accredited Practising Dietitian and spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia recommends:

  • decreasing salt gradually to allow your taste buds time to adjust
  • using herbs and spices to maximise flavour in cooking rather than salt
  • reading labels and choosing “no added salt”, “reduced salt “ and “ low salt” product

For more information visit daa.asn.au

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