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Do you think you're eating too much salt?

Hello, Did you know it's Salt Awareness Week? This is organised by Action for Salt who aim to raise awareness of the impact that too much salt can have on our health. Here's a few important facts about salt and tips on how to reduce your salt intake!

Facts about Salt
  • Be careful reading food labels! Some food labels may only state the sodium content, which is different to salt. To convert sodium to salt, you need to multiply the sodium amount by 2.5. 
  • Adults are advised to consume no more than 2.4g of sodium per day, as this is equal to 6g of salt. However, the average intake for adults in the UK is 8.1g!
  • Too much salt intake an lead to high blood pressure, which in turn can increase your chances of heart disease or stroke.
  • Despite many claims, sea salt and Himalayan salt is not healthier than table salt.
Easy ways to help cut down on salt
  • Remove any temptation from the dinner table. The easiest way to do this would be to remove the salt shaker and sauces off the table, this helps to change your dinner time habits so you'll no longer need the extra seasoning.
  • Swap your snacks! Instead of crisps and salted nuts, why not try fresh fruit, vegetable sticks or plain nuts and seeds.
  • Look out for the salt content in the everyday foods you buy and choose lower-salt options. Low salt: > 0.3/ 100g.
  • The content may be shown as a percentage of your reference intake, or be colour-coded (low = green!). 
  • You can add flavours or seasonings instead of salt; like black pepper, herbs, garlic, spices or lemon juices are great alternatives.
Low Salt Jane Plan Meals
Why not try some of our lowest salt dishes for yourself? Here's our top Jane Plan recommendations:
All of our breakfasts
Tomato and Basil Soup
Penne Rigate with tomatoes and olives
Chicken Jambalaya
Mushroom Stroganoff
Chicken Napolitano

Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff
Mixed nuts & seeds
Luxury chocolate bar

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