Doctors say it could be as deadly as nicotine - but Australians are still overdosing on salt without even realising it.
Last night, A Current Affair revealed the alarming amount of salt in food items we eat every day.
Here are some tips for reducing the amount of salt you eat every day:
- Read the labels when shopping. Look for lower sodium in cereals, crackers, pasta sauces, canned vegetables, or any foods with low-salt options.
- Ask about salt added to food, especially at restaurants. Most restaurant chefs will omit salt when requested.
- If you need to salt while cooking, add the salt at the end; you will find that you need to add much less.
- Limit your intake of high-sodium foods like pickles, olives, cured meats, soy sauce and other condiments.
- Keep the salt in your pantry instead of on your table where it is so easy and tempting to use.
- Snack on fresh fruits rather than salted crackers or chips.