There is strong evidence that reducing the salt we eat reduces blood pressure. Around 75% of the salt we eat comes from processed foods, so taking steps to reduce the amount of processed foods or being more mindful of the processed foods we select is important for managing our salt intake.
Dave’s top tip: “Base your meals around foods that are close to how they are found in nature, like vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fish and seafood. These foods are usually lower in salt than processed foods and are packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre and other nutrients that protect your heart. Swapping a few products you regularly buy for lower salt versions can also be a great way of reducing the salt you eat. These could be sauces, stocks or spreads.”