Tuesday, 1 March 2011

How much salt a person need per day

I have recently written something about healthy balance diet and wanted to share this salt recommendation based on the national health services as not many people know how much salt a body need in order to stay healthy.

What happens when you have too much salt or sodium chloride? The sodium part helps to keep your body fluids at the right concentration. If you eat too much salt, your volume of body fluids increases and pushes up your blood pressure. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can lead to heart disease, or stroke.

How much salt does a person need every day? According to the national health services, to reduce the risk of disease, we should not be eating more than 6g salt (2.5g sodium) a day. For babies and children they should have less than 1g of salt a day. The daily salt intake of young children varies depending on their age.

Now it can be sometimes difficult to work out how much salt we are eating as salt is usually a hidden ingredient of food, you might want some salty foods, such as crisps, olives, and bacon removed from your diet if you are trying to cut down.

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