Salt, silent killer: the 5 saltiest foods you don't expect

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Salt is bad, now even children know it. The World Awareness Week for the reduction of salt consumption, promoted by the world association World Action on Salt & Health (WASH), is currently underway. Unfortunately, even if you are careful to reduce the quantities in the kitchen, very often the salt is hidden in foods considered unsuspected



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Il salt hurts, now even children know it. It is underway these days the World awareness week for reducing salt consumption, promoted by the world association World Action on Salt & Health (WASH). Unfortunately, even if you are careful to reduce the quantities in the kitchen, very often salt is hidden in foods considered unsuspected.



Excessive consumption of salt causesincreased pressure and promotes cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction and stroke, but is also associated with other chronic-degenerative diseases, such as cancers of the digestive system, osteoporosis and chronic kidney disease.

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Limiting the use of salt is useful but not enough considering that much of the salt we consume every day comes from food products on the market, from bread to cheeses.

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Here 5 unsuspected foods, which contain salt:

Index

Hot chocolate

Well yes. Thinking about a nice hot cup, the first thing that comes to mind is sugar. But chocolate also contains a lot of salt, the taste of which is obviously hidden by the sugar.

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Breakfast cereals

One serving of Kellogg cornflakes contains 0,34 grams of salt, the same amount found in sweeter grains, such as caramel ones.

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Ready-made salads

It goes without saying that making them yourself is definitely the solution. This is even more true when you consider that some salads contain a lot of salt.

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise also contains too much salt. Perhaps it is not exactly among the unsuspected but perhaps a large amount of fat is usually associated with it. As always, our advice is to prepare it at home.



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Hummus and cream cheese

Cheese is certainly a tasty food but creams are even more so. Hummus bought in large retailers also contains too much salt. Better to prepare it at home abounding in spices and aromas, don't you think?



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What can also be done to reduce salt consumption?

  • We always read the labels
  • We choose foods that contain less, preferably low in salt, i.e. less than 0.3 grams per 100 g
  • We reduce the salt at the table, preferring the whole sea salt, spices, aromatic herbs
  • We cut down on processed foods rich in salt (salty snacks, potato chips, some meats and cheeses, canned foods)

Important, in the first year of life, avoid salt in baby food.

Francesca Mancuso

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