Out of curiosity, I did just that, for all the food I ate yesterday.Try calculating your own salt intake and you'll soon learn how hard it is to meet even modest targets
|Breakfast:||muesli made from||oats||trace|
|milk (400ml)||1 g|
|Cup of tea||...||trace|
|with milk||0.05 g|
|Lunch||one slice of bread||0.5 g|
|with butter||0.3 g|
|houmous made from||chick peas||trace|
|mince pie made from||flour||trace|
|Another cup of tea||0.05 g|
|with another mince pie||0.1 g|
|Salty snack!||bacon crispies||0.8 g|
|with stew made from||chick peas||trace|
|tinned tomatoes||0.2 g|
|celery salt||0.1 g|
|Worcester sauce||0.1 g|
Against a limit of 5 g per day, not that hard at all, it seems. I wasn't even trying. I wonder how different that would have been if I'd been eating
processedversions of these foods, rather than home made. A couple of my items appeared as examples in the article, so I could compare. One slice of wholemeal bread with butter was cited as containing 0.7 g salt, which is about the same as mine (I probably put more butter on - half an ounce per slice - I weighed it) and a bowl of cereal with milk was cited as 0.4 g, less than half of mine, but then I probably ate three times the quantity. My bacon crispies (byproduct of rendering lard, and very tasty, especially when fresh, which these weren't) were also higher in salt (OK, that was largely guesswork) than the salty snack in the article - a bag of crisps at 0.5 g.
So where does all this excess salt come from, then? How about the mince pies? We're always hearing about the hidden sugar and salt in things like cakes (OK, more sugar than salt here). Tesco value mince pies (nutritional composition easily available online) have 0.1 g salt per pie, same as mine, and Greggs put 0.2 g salt in each pie. Maybe the houmous, then? Tesco come top for information, again, and have 1.2 g salt per 100 g houmous. After Tesco, most of the search results were about soil structure. Anyway, there's some added salt that I didn't have, but it's hardly going to push me into dangerous levels of salt consumption. It must be the main meal then. I have 1.7 g in mine - do people eat meals with a lot more salt than that? I don't know.
I'm honestly baffled as to where all this excess salt is coming from. Do you have any idea how much salt you eat? If you can be bothered to write a day's food diary, I'd be really interested to know what you find.