Do you know what you didn’t know you didn’t know?
“Your need more salt in the food if it’s a hot and humid day”
False: The salt lost through sweat is minimal so no need for extra salt! Remember to keep Hydrated and drink enough water.
“Sea salt is ‘better’ than other salts because it is ‘natural.”
False: It is the sodium in salt that is bad for health, not its origin.
“Food does not need salt to be delicious.”
True: It takes some time for a person’s taste buds to adjust, but once they get used to less salt, one is more likely to enjoy food and notice a broader range of flavours.
“Cooking salt is not the main source of salt intake.”
True: In many countries, about 80% of salt in the diet comes from processed foods.
“Food without salt is tasteless.”
False: Whilst this may be true at first, taste buds soon become accustomed to less salt and you are more likely to enjoy food with less salt, and more flavour.
“Young people don’t need to worry about salt intake.”
False: Eating too much salt can raise blood pressure at any age.
“It’s easy to tell which foods are high in salt.”
False: Some foods that are high in salt don’t taste very salty because sometimes they are mixed with other things like sugars that mask the taste. It is important to read food labels to find out sodium levels.
“I need salt for my health.”
False: It’s very difficult to eat too little salt since there are so many everyday foods containing salt.