[Parent Connection] Shake off the salt!
The Department of Health launched the Salt Reduction Scheme for school lunches and the “EatSmart Restaurant Star+” Campaign, co-operating with restaurants and school lunch suppliers to provide salt reduced meals for customers and students.
Recommended daily intake of salt:
|Adult||No more than 5g|
|Children (1 – 3 years old)||No more than 2g|
|Children (4 – 6 years old)||No more than 3g|
Eating too much sodium can increase blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure and renal disease.
Salt is everywhere in our diet!
|Bread||Sodium per 100 gram (mg)|
|White bread & Sausage Bun||420|
|Whole-meal bread & Croissant||400|
|Wheat bread with raisin & Pineapple Bun||140|
|Sweet plain bun||110|
Tips to reduce salts:
- Eat more fruit, vegetables, and fresh meat. Use natural ingredients such as onions, garlic, spices and citrus juices.
- Avoid choosing processed or pre-packed food, e.g. preserved fish/ vegetables/ meat, ham and sausage, fast food (hot dog, burger, and pizza), salty snack food, and instant noodles, etc.
Reference: WHO, NHS, American Heart Association, Centre of Health Promotion, Centre for food safety