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(Don’t) take this with a pinch of salt

Eurest | Health and wellbeing |  06 November 2014

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We all know too much salt is bad for us — but it can be hard to keep track. While we know which kind of foods probably have a fair bit of salt in them, it’s difficult to know how much we’re really consuming.

But now, more than ever before, it’s crucial that we take note of the amount of the sodium in our diets. To mark this, the World Health Organisation (WHO) promoted World Heart Day in September, by announcing its global action plan to reduce non-communicable diseases through reducing global salt intake by 30 per cent by 2025 (WHO, 2014).

This will be no mean feat. In many countries, 80 per cent of salt intake comes from processed foods such as bread, cheese, bottled sauces and cured meats, and often it is found in places you may not necessarily suspect — things like gravy granules, prawns and olives have surprisingly high levels of salt. 

This means it’s really important to start taking responsibility for the food choices we make. But it can often be difficult and time-consuming to work out what you can eat, and how much. WHO recognises this, and places the responsibility on food services and producers. It suggests that the best ways to reduce salt are agreements within the industry to ensure that manufacturers and retailers make healthy food, with low salt, available and affordable, and foster healthy eating environments that promote salt reduction.

Our nutritional labelling makes sure that you can keep an eye on salt intake, as part of our Know Your Food campaign. Now, 20,000 of our recipes and 17,000 of our products are nutritionally analysed, and hundreds of our sites provide Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) labelling for our consumers. We’ve also been thinking carefully about how we use salt and, as a result, we’ve been able to remove eight tonnes of salt by re-designing our salt sachets alone — an industry first.

At Eurest, we support every customer striving to eat healthily. We do everything we can to ensure that the food you get is nutritionally balanced, as well as tasty and memorable. Healthy choices are key to a happy, successful workforce, and we’re here to make that happen. 

Source: World Health Organisation. (2014) World Heart Day 2014: salt reduction saves lives [online], http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2014/salt-reduction/en/ (Accessed 10 October 2014).

 

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