Using less salt in your winter comfort foods

With the colder weather we eat more stews, curries, roasts and soups, and the temptation to grab a big, convenient, warm takeaway instead of making a quick healthy meal at home definitely increases.

Indulging in warm comfort food is natural, but it’s important to keep an eye on salt intake as these types of food tend to have a high salt content.

The daily recommended amount of salt per day is about 1 tsp, but by adding things such as gravies, stock and powder flavourings, or opting for a burger and chips or thick, cheesy pasta sauces, it’s easy to eat a whole lot more salt than just 1 tsp, never mind the salt we still add at the table.

A high salt intake is linked to high blood pressure, which in turn is linked to heart conditions and stroke. Try to limit your salt intake with these easy steps and keep an eye on the labels of foods such as sauces and spreads, processed meats, ready-made meals, breads, cereals and cheeses.

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