PEOPLE over the age of 11 should not eat more than 6g of salt a day – less for younger children.
Yet, the NHS says we are eating around 8.1g each across the nation. Why does that matter? It’s because salt drives up blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease and other health problems. Blood pressure is a measure of the force that your heart uses to pump blood around your body.
The NHS says that it costs the country around £30 billion a year to treat people with cardiovascular disease. That’s any disease involving the heart or blood vessels. More importantly, it says more than 4,000 lives could be saved every year if we cut the average amount of salt we eat a day by just 1g.
Do you know how to read nutrition labels and watch the amount of salt you eat?