Your body needs a little bit of salt every day for the sodium it contains. Recommended daily allowance is 1500mg of sodium (0.75 teaspoons), not to exceed 2300mg (one teaspoon) per day, but our average intake of sodium is about 3400mg!
If you eat too much salt, the extra water stored in your body raises your blood pressure. So, the more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure. The higher your blood pressure, the greater the strain on your heart, arteries, kidneys and brain. This can lead to heart attacks, strokes, dementia and kidney disease.
How To Eat Less Salt
1. Choose unprocessed or minimally processed foods
2. Read labels and choose lower-sodium products
3. Know where hidden sodium lurks, like tomato sauce and soy sauce
4. When eating out, keep an eye on salt content
5. Use your sodium “budget” wisely, and substitute garlic or onion for a flavour punch
6. Train your taste buds by weaning yourself off gradually