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Tips for cutting down on salt

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As a nation we are still consuming too much salt, even in households where it's no longer on the kitchen table. It's an ingredient in the most unlikely foods. Here's some tips on cutting down:

Compare nutrition labels on food ­packaging when buying everyday items. You can really cut your salt intake by checking the label and choosing the pizza, ketchup or breakfast cereal that's lower in salt. Try choosing one food a week to check and swap when you're food shopping.

Go for reduced-salt, unsmoked back bacon. Cured meats and fish can be high in salt, so try to eat these less often.

Buy tinned vegetables without added salt. Do the same with tinned pulses.

Watch out for the salt content in ready-made pasta sauces. Tomato-based sauces are often lower in salt than cheesy sauces or those containing olives, bacon or ham.

For healthier snacks, choose fruit or ­vegetables such as carrot or celery sticks. If you are going to have crisps or crackers, check the label and choose the ones lower in salt. Go easy on soy sauce, mustard and pickles.

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