Stick to 6!
It’s easy to Season with Sense, just Stick to 6g salt a day.
Only 1 in 10 people know that the maximum recommended intake of salt per day is 6g. That’s equal to around 1 teaspoon – which isn’t really a lot is it?
Eating too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. 1 in 4 adults in the UK suffer from high blood pressure, and many people aren’t even aware they have it.
But we’re here to help. We’ve got tasty recipes, top tips and handy hacks to help you Stick to 6 grams of salt for a happier, healthier future!
The recommended daily intake varies from country to country, but most European countries recommend limiting salt intake to between 5 and 6 grams a day.
6g is the equivalent to just 1 teaspoon, which when you include salt added to cooking as well as salt in processed and packaged foods, isn’t much at all.
At the moment, the average adult in the UK consumes around 8.4g salt a day – around 40% higher than the recommended maximum.
The rise of secret salt
One of the things we’re really keen to highlight as part of the Stick to 6 campaign is the issue of secret salt. You’d be surprised how much salt is lurking in some of your favourite foods – from sliced bread to chain restaurant classics.
For instance, did you know that 3 out of 4 plant-based meat alternatives exceed salt targets – quite concerning for those who have adopted a plant-based lifestyle for the sake of ‘health’.
The Silent Killer
Consuming too much salt is often not on people’s radar until it’s too late. Eating too much salt can lead to high blood pressure which can lead to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
There are often no underlying symptoms of cardiovascular diseases caused by high blood pressure which is why it is dubbed ‘The Silent Killer’ meaning it’s vitally important to consider salt consumption at every age, at every stage.
The Stick to 6 Challenge!
In a bid to get people to consider their salt intake we’re launching The Stick to 6 Challenge – asking the nation to track their salt consumption over the course of 7 days, sticking to the maximum recommended amount of just 6g (or less) per day.
We’ve teamed up with Nutracheck, the calorie and nutrient tracking app, to help you take part. Sign up for their free 7 day trial and access their amazing UK food database, giving you all the tools you need to Stick to 6!
So why not join us, and Stick to 6 for a healthier and happier future – you might be shocked to discover which of your shopping staples are full of secret salt!
Nutracheck is your must-have food tracker.
Use the barcode scanning App on your phone or tablet. Or keep a food diary online via the website – whichever suits you best.
To track salt in your diary, tap the top of either column to switch ‘Kcal’ or ‘Fatg’ to ‘SALTg’.Try Nutracheck For Free