Don't be too salty: Health warning from WHO

Before you reach for the salt, take a minute to think about how adding it to your food can affect your health.

World Salt Awareness Week kicks off today and medical experts are warning against using too much salt on our food.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends limiting salt intake to no more than five grams per person per day; 5g = 1 level teaspoon.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa on the breakfast show, Pharma Dynamics Spokesperson Nicole Jennings says there other ways to make food more tasty.

Often people don't realise there are so many alternatives to make food tasty as opposed to using salt. Fresh herbs, for example, like garlic, thyme, oregeno, some nice lemon juice...all of these are wonderful alternatives to make your food tasty without having to add salt.

Nicole Jennings, Pharma Dynamics Spokesperson South Africa

Medical experts say eating too much salt can put us at risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.

Jennings says research has found that some people have a 'super taster' gene, meaning they are more prone to bitter tastes than others.

Research suggests that these people are more likely to add discretionary salt to their food, because the salt helps to cancel out the bitter undertones that they pick up in specific types of food.

Nicole Jennings, Pharma Dynamics Spokesperson South Africa

Do you have the 'super taster' gene? Listen below to find out:


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