Except for some of the breads, our recipes do not call for any added salt and, where we can, we’ve substituted salt-reduced products. It's important to cut down on the amount of salt you eat, as too much salt can contribute to high blood pressure (hypertension) which in turn increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. A diet high in salt can also raise your chances of suffering osteoporosis, fluid retention and kidney stones.
Five easy steps to cut back on salt
1 Stop sprinkling salt over your meals.
2 Do not cook with salt or sodium bicarbonate. Boost flavour by adding plenty of onion, garlic, curry paste, lemon and aromatic herbs, such as basil and coriander.
3 Buy salt-reduced and no-added-salt products at the supermarket whenever you can. Products regularly available are margarine, canned vegetables, soy sauce, stock, crispbreads, tomato sauce, canned salmon and peanut butter.
4 Use a salt substitute to help you in the first few weeks without salt. Potassium chloride is a white powder, available at pharmacies, that can be shaken over food like salt.
5 Try to avoid heavily salted ingredients, such as anchovies and olives.