SHAKING THE SALT HABIT
Although our bodies need sodium, we often eat more than we need. Sodium is found naturally in many nutritious foods such as vegetables, fruit and meat, so there is often no need to add extra sodium (such as in the form of salt) to your meals.
Excessive sodium intake over a long period of time can increase your risk of high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.
Most sodium comes from processed foods, so to reduce your sodium intake buy more fresh, unprocessed foods. You can also choose foods labelled “low salt” or “no added salt”.
The Australian recommendations for sodium intake in healthy adults is below 2000mg or 5g of salt (that’s one teaspoon!).
If you're used to eating very salty foods, you may find food without added salt quite bland. A great way to combat this is to reduce added salt gradually, and add different herbs and spices such as pepper, cumin, oregano and fresh herbs such as basil and parsley.
All Be Fit Food meals contain less than 500mg of sodium per serve to ensure that you do not exceed the recommended sodium intake. We include more nutritious flavour additions such as the ones mentioned above, and you can always add more to adjust our meals to your taste buds.
Always contact your health professional to see what’s right for you.