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Did you know that 8th-14th March 2021 is World Salt Awareness Week? The week is about raising awareness of the impact salt can have on our health. The campaign for this year is ‘More Flavour, Less Salt!’.
Before we dive into the campaign for this year, it’s important to note the damage sodium can have on your health. Excess sodium consumption can lead to high blood pressure which can put you at risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks or strokes. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends consuming less than 2g of sodium each day (or 5g of salt)1.
With that in mind, let’s dive into the campaign for this year.
We love putting salt into our food to add that extra bit of flavour we crave. But are there other alternatives to use instead of salt? The answer simply is yes.
Herbs and spices are one of the first ideas which come to mind. Rosemary, lemon, ginger or mint are some of the ideas which you can add to your food to elevate your dishes to the next level.
What about experimenting with recipes and ingredients? This week could be a time to try something different. Who knows, your creativity might lead to a new flavoursome meal!
Salt can be hiding in sauces that you use daily. Soy sauce, tomato sauce and salad dressings may contains high amounts of salt. This could be the week that you cut back on these sauces or find other alternatives.
Would you consider a low sodium alternative that still tastes like salt? There are a number of low sodium alternatives in the market. However, the one we’ll be concentrating on this blog is Heart SALT. Did you know that Heart SALT contains 56% less sodium than regular salt? And the best part is that it still has the great salt taste! Potassium is added to cover the reduced sodium and there is the addition of thaumatin to mask the bitter taste.
These are only a few suggestions we have for World Salt Awareness Week. If you have any other ideas, we would love to hear about them! Contact us on Facebook or Instagram (heartsaltau) and let’s try to raise awareness of the dangers of sodium and how we can reduce it.
1. World Health Organisation 2012, Guideline: Sodium intake for adults and children, Geneva, WHO, <http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/77985/9789241504836_eng.pdf;jsessionid=B7D25A9A4952CD191A1D806B1D6F43E5?sequence=1>
2. Queen Mary University of London 2021, World Salt Awareness Week, <http://www.worldactiononsalt.com/awarenessweek/>