Be Aware of Salt in Daily Foods

A consumer watchdog has revealed that the content of sodium is not only found in salty foods, but could also be there in sweetened beverages.

CHOICE looked at how the unhealthy contents of salt are getting added to the food supply of the Australian people. It found out that that the sodium content was identified the highest in processed meats, cheeses and sauces followed by breads, common breakfast cereals and lollies.

Clare Hughes, CHOICE Food Policy Officer stated that bread, which was not expected to be salty food, contained too much salt.

He said, "And while it is not the saltiest food, because we eat more of those products that's why they contribute more to our total sodium intake than some of the really super salty foods”.

As per CHOICE’S report, in one teaspoon of baking soda, there is 1000mg of sodium and for a good health, only 460mg per day of sodium is required. The fruit lollies have 350mg of sodium. The sodium content also finds high in spreads and condiments, pizza and meat products, sausages, meat pies, sausage rolls and chicken nuggets.

High concentration of salt in the diet leads to high blood pressure, cardiovascular and kidney disease and thus, poses threat of a lethal heart attack and stroke.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends to take maximum of 1600mg of sodium a day, but people in Australia are estimated to be taking more than double the stipulated threshold.