Did you know that excess salt hides in all sorts of unsuspecting food products?! Even foods that don’t taste salty, like soup, cereals and bread, are packed with hidden salts. In fact, 75% of our average daily salt intake comes from these hidden salts in food products, not from the salt we use in our cooking or at the table.
Eating too much salt can be dangerous for our health; it can lead to high blood pressure and cause damage to our arteries, heart and kidneys. But how much salt is too much?
Adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day (2.4g sodium) – that’s around 1 teaspoon.
The maximum amount of salt children should have depends on their age:
Babies shouldn’t eat much salt, because their kidneys are not fully developed to process it.
Did you know that bread is packed with hidden salt, and some popular loaves of bread have as much salt in one slice, as an entire packet of crisps?!
Next time you’re in the bread aisle, check the labels to make sure you’re choosing a loaf that’s lower in salt, or better yet – make your own! These easy-peasy flatbreads use just three ingredients and take only a few minutes to make.
These flatbreads are lovely just as they are, alongside some soup, with a fresh salad, or dunked in some homemade dip. You could even use them as pizza bases and top them with tomato puree, your favourite toppings and a sprinkling of cheese!
Some shop bought barbecue sauces can contain up to 15 percent of our daily salt intake per serving, (not to mention half of our daily sugar intake). By making your own you can cut down on both the salt and sugar – along with using up any leftover onions lying around in the back of our kitchen cupboards!
You can also find our homemade ketchup recipe here
Tomato soup is a firm family favourite, but shop bought soups (both tinned and the chilled kind) are laden with extra salt. It’s so quick and easy to make your own soup – and much fresher and healthier! Plus you can make it in big batches and freeze portions for those nights when you can’t be bothered to cook.
For the Gremolata (optional):