High blood pressure is a condition which affects many Britons.
It places extra strain on the blood vessels serving the major organs, which can lead to serious health problems like heart attacks or strokes.
There are many risk factors associated with developing high blood pressure, one of which is eating a poor diet.
Salt in particular can contribute to high blood pressure if you eat too much of it, so cutting down is essential in order to keep blood pressure healthy.
The most obvious way to do this is to stop adding it to meals during cooking, or as an additive to things like chips.
However, salt can sometimes be hidden in foods you might not expect to find it, meaning you might be consuming more than you realise.
These four foods are common culprits of ‘hidden’ salt.
Cooking and table sauces
Cooking sauces produced for pasta, rice and other dishes can contain a high amount of salt, although they may not taste salty.
Choose low-salt options instead or make your own sauces from scratch with fresh vegetables.
Table sauces like ketchup and mustard are also high in salt. Check the labels and choose low-salt options.
Even sweet breakfast cereals can contain a lot of salt, so always check the label to compare brands.
Alternatively, opt for low-salt breakfast options like porridge.
Bread can be very high in salt, especially if it’s processed. Check the salt content and opt for fresh loaves when possible.
Alternatively, make your own bread and you can be in control of how much salt goes into it.
Smoked and processed meat and fish
Smoked and processed meat and fish, like sausages, bacon and breaded fish are high in salt.
Limit your intake of these and replace them with fresh fish and meat without added salt.
“At first, food without salt may taste bland, but don’t give up. After a few weeks your taste buds will adjust and you will start to enjoy food with less salt,” said Blood Pressure UK.
“6g of salt a day is the maximum you should eat, and the less you eat the better.”