High blood pressure diet: Five surprising foods PACKED with salt

Consuming too much salt is one of the major risk factors for high blood pressure.

Other causes include smoking and poor diet.

The NHS recommends you consume no more than 6g of salt per day.

However, according to Blood Pressure UK, most adults in the UK are eating 50 per cent more than they should.

Having elevated blood pressure puts you at risk of heart disease, kidney disease and vascular dementia.

Some salty tasting foods obviously contain a high amount of salt, but it can be hidden in a surprising number.

The World Action on Salt and Health said on their website: “It can be surprising which foods contribute the most salt to our diets. 

“Some foods that we eat every day are not necessarily high in salt but because we eat plenty of them they contribute a lot to our daily salt intake. 

“Salt is naturally present at low levels in all foods but around 80 per cent of our salt intake is hidden in processed food.”

Here are five surprising foods with high levels of hidden salt.

Cheese

The health pressure group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) found in 2012 that unnecessary amounts of salt were being added to cheese.

After analysing 722 cheese portions they found roquefort, a blue cheese, was the saltiest type at 1.06g per 30g.

Tomato ketchup

According to the British Heart Foundation, there is 0.3g of salt in just a teaspoon of ketchup.

They recommend making a salsa with chopped tomatoes, red onion, coriander, lime juice and optional chilli instead.

Sausages

A 2011 CASH survey of 300 sausages found many were very high in salt.

They discovered eating two sausages for breakfast could be half the daily maximum recommended salt intake.

Soy sauce

One tablespoon of soy sauce contains nearly half the daily maximum recommended salt intake.

Soup

In 2010 CASH revealed that 25 per cent of the 575 types of soup it analysed failed to meet Food Standards Agency targets on salt.

They recommended that a 100g portion of soup should contain no more than 0.6g of salt.



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