Think you’re eating way too much salt? Well now you can find out, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa has launched a salt intake calculator to help limit your salt intake, this was done to help minimize the amount of salt an individual may eating to avoid diseases associated with a high salt intake – which are reportedly on the rise in Mzansi.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a daily salt intake of five grams per day, eating too much salt can result in a raised blood pressure‚ which may lead to heart diseases and strokes.
The salt calculator automatically calculates the level of salt intake based on the frequency of the types of common foods most South Africans consume‚ as well as an estimate of an individual’s personal salt intake, it then gives feedback on your current intake and tips on how to make better food choices in the future.
Emphasizing the dangers of salt in manufactured foods‚ the Heart and Stroke Foundation said processed food contains a staggering amount of salt. Foods such as breakfast cereals‚ breads‚ ready-made meals‚ sauces‚ spreads‚ and cheeses, may contribute 55% of the recommended salt intake, they urge caution as some of the foods we may think don’t contain salt may actually contain a lot of salt that we may not necessarily see or taste.
Want to take the test of how much salt you’re eating visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa website on: www.saltcalculator.co.za.
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