10 Salty Food Culprits
We hear it all the time: cut your salt-intake! But do you actually know why too much salt is detrimental to your health and, do you have any idea how much salt you are consuming each day?
salt content by multiplying the sodium value by 2.5.)
Salt is an integral part of our lives. It's that one ingredient that can make all the difference to a meal. Though our bodies do need some salt to help maintain the body's fluid balance, we consume far more than we need.
The World Health Organisation recommends no more than 5g (about one teaspoon) per day, but most adults who follow a typical Western diet get about 9 to 12g a day.
So, why is too much sodium in our diets so dangerous? Well, it's quite simple. A high salt intake raises your blood pressure; and blood pressure can trigger cardiovascular disease, including strokes, heart attacks and heart failure. High blood pressure (hypertension) is also linked to the obesity epidemic in the Western world. Too much salt may even affect your bone health as it may decrease the amount of calcium taken up by the bones.