• Exercise
  • Food
  • Wellbeing
  • Health Check
  • Health Insights
  • Healthy Living
  • Body
  • Food
  • Mind
  • Health Guide
  • Healthcare
  • Using Your Cover
  •  
     

    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

    Recommended Reading

    Rainbow salad recipe

    A beautiful salad to brighten your day.

    Read more

    Pineapple gingerbread crumble recipe

    Cosy up with this beautifully warm, sweet treat.

    Read more

    Carrot and avocado salad with seeds recipe

    A light and nutritious salad, perfect for lunch.

    Read more

    5 ways to prevent fussy eating in kids

    Tips for making meal time a happy occasion.

    Read more

    Will’s shepherd’s pie recipe

    Warm, comforting and deliciously full of flavour.

    Read more

    Pineapple, prawn and quinoa fried rice recipe

    A light, delicious and oh-so-pretty feast.

    Read more