It’s Salt Awareness Week and the theme for this year is: “Salt: the Forgotten Killer”.

It’s as simple as this: by eating less salt, we can prevent dying prematurely. The level of salt in your body has a large impact on life expectancy as it raises blood pressure which leads to strokes and heart attacks.

Recent figures from CASH (Consensus Action on Salt & Health) have been widely reported across media outlets in the UK with the particularly shocking fact revealing that on average, ‘a mug of hot chocolate can have a higher salt content than in a bag of crisps.’ (BBC News)

Reducing your salt intake:

Product swapping – switching a product you buy frequently with on that has lower salt content.

Snacks – choosing fruit or veg instead of crisps and crackers, or even ‘product swap’ the latter for a healthier version.

Cured meat – try uncured, unsmoked meat as cured versions can have a high salt content.

Preparing your own meals and sauces – controlling your own salt content in meals by preparing them in bulk, ready for use at a later time.

BBC iWonder: How much is too much salt?