Lifestyle

Less salt good for diet

On average an Australian adult should consume no more than a teaspoon of salt a day.
On average an Australian adult should consume no more than a teaspoon of salt a day. Contributed

LOWERING your salt intake can help to get your body back on track, according to Hervey Bay dietician Peter St Henry, who said a diet rich in salt could lead to hypertension.

Sodium chloride or salt as it's commonly known, is found in most foods and is often overlooked when it comes to dietary intake.

On average an Australian adult should consume no more than 2300mg of salt a day, which equates to about a teaspoon of salt.

Mr St Henry, of Health Divine, said consuming too much salt could lead to a wide range of illnesses, and had the potential to cause osteoporosis.

"A diet high in salt causes your body to leech calcium from its stores," Mr St Henry said.

"So reducing your salt intake will really help your body and your bones."

Consuming too much salt can also lead to a number of major health problems, according to the Australian division of the World Action on Salt and Health organisation.

Excess salt consumed over a long period of time can often cause blood pressure to rise with age, and could potentially increase a person's chance of having a stroke or heart attack.

Other salt-related illnesses can include stomach cancer, kidney disease, obesity, kidney stones and Meniere's disease.

People only needed a small amount of salt in their diet to be healthy, Mr St Henry said.

"Sodium appears naturally in foods like seafood, meat, dairy, eggs and some vegetables," he said.

"But people need to avoid overly processed foods as they often have a very high level of sodium chloride (salt) in them.

"Things like potato chips, cereals, breads and even canned foods often have quite a large amount of salt in them.

"So people should really keep an eye on what they are eating."

Mr St Henry said there was no better time for people to check their salt intake than this week for World Salt Awareness Week.

"It's the perfect time to have a look at what you're eating and reduce your salt intake."

For more information about reducing your salt intake visit awash.org.au.

Pinch the salt from your diet

  • Increase your consumption of fresh produce, like fruit and vegetables;
  • Reduce your reliance of processed foods;
  • Look for foods with low, reduced, or no added salt options.

Topics:  healthy eating salt



Patients inside as ambulance hit on highway

Queensland Ambulance Service transported a 60-year-old man from Septimus

Three paramedics among the injured

James Hardie boss devastated by work death

Construction firms have faced challenges from rising costs and small margins, but there's absolutely no indication that the coming year will be any worse than the past couple, MBA's Will Wilson says.

A MAN in his 60s has died in an industrial accident.

How police shooting in Lockyer Valley unfolded

An armed man is on the run from police after an officer was shot this afternoon.

Events that led to a police officer's death in the Lockyer Valley

Local Partners

WATCH: Judah battles his emotions as he makes Top 12

Judah Kelly has made it through to the top 12 of Australia's The Voice competition.

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Maybe he just wanted to make himself the story.

My Kitchen Rules champion reveals how he won $250K

SWEET SUCCESS: MKR 2017 winners Amy and Tyson Murr celebrate their glorious victory.

VIDEO: Tyson revealed behind-the-scenes stories in his speech at IGS

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

New $46.7m counter-terrorism facility to be built in Wacol

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, pictured with Police Commisioner Ian Stewart, has announced plans to build a new counter-terrorism facility in Wacol.

The facility will be built over three years.

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!