The current recommendations for Salt is no more than 6g a day for Adults. However, in Ireland we are consuming around 10g a day!
It is estimated that 2.5 million deaths could be prevented each year if Salt guidelines were adhered to. Who needs the Grim Reaper when we have Salt?
Although we might think we are being good not adding salt at the table or when cooking, 75% of the salt we consume has already been added to our food during processing.
Some common food choices contain wicked amounts of Salt. Instant soups can have more than a third of our daily allowance, a pepperoni pizza can have up to 4 grams of salt, while a typical rasher can have up to 1 gram!
Too much salt can lead to ghastly conditions like water retention, bloating, high blood pressure, kidney disease, stroke and heart attacks.
Too little Salt is a problem too! Deficient sodium levels can be harmful, as our bodies need sodium to function. It’s needed to transmit nerve impulses and maintain a proper fluid balance, so it’s all about moderation.