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You are worth your Salt ...


How much salt is too much salt? What are the major sources of excess salt? How can we reduce the amount of salt in our daily diet?

These and other questions were answered in ye

sterday's interview with Dom on Spirit Radio: Salt Podcast

Recent research published in the Irish press revealed shocking statistics on our salt intake. Irish men are eating more than twice as much salt as they should be eating (over 11g), and Irish women are eating 70% more salt than they should be eating.

Given the fact that there is a strong link between some health conditions and excess salt intake, these figures are nothing short of alarming. Excess salt has a detrimental effect on heart health by making arteries stiff, and by raising blood pressure.

Where do we find most salt in out diet? You have probably guessed it: in processed foods.

How can you reduce your exposure to salt and intake of salt?

  • Try to reduce your intake of processed foods. Instead of buying ready-meals, invest in a soup maker or slow cooker, which will cook you fresh food even while you are away at work.

  • Treat processed snacks as occasional treats, not everyday foods. This is especially important for children and their immature palates. Don’t “train” them to expect excess salt. Instead, eat apples, bananas, oranges, carrots, plain crackers, etc as snacks

  • Be aware of the amount of salt in foods. It is clearly stated on the ingredient label and nutrition information. Often displayed as “sodium” and as % of daily recommended value. The FSAI would like us to eat no more than 6g of salt daily, and ideally no more than 4g daily. This means dramatically cutting back on processed foods.

  • Instead of eating processed cereals for breakfast, try muesli or porridge. You will cut out a lot of salt!

With all that said, there is high value in eating quality salt. The general rule is that the more colour there is in your salt, the higher the quality (as colour indicates presence of other minerals in the salt which will also have beneficial physiological effects on your body). This includes sea salt and Himalayan salt.


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