by Ines Astudillo
Eating too much sodium (or salt – sodium chloride) has been a health concern for Australians for some time. Too much sodium has been linked with hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and stomach cancer. Not only that, higher intakes of sodium result in calcium losses through the urine which means bone health may also be compromised.
It has been estimated that the average Australian adult may consume as much as 9 grams of salt daily, which is much more than what is recommended by the National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC). The NHMRC recommends adults eat less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day (equivalent to about 6,000 mg or 6 g of salt or looks like 1.5 teaspoons).