Salt intake

The mineral sodium in (cooking) salt has the effect of increasing blood pressure. You can cut down your salt intake by eating fewer processed meals and ready meals. It is estimated that 85% of Dutch people consume more salt than the recommended maximum of 6 grams per day. Foods do not contain much salt naturally, but the food industry often adds it to all kinds of products; 80% of the salt we consume comes from processed food products. You should therefore opt for unprocessed foods rather than ready meals and use fresh or dried herbs to give your dishes more flavour. Do you still want to use salt? If so, you should opt for a salt in which (some of) the sodium has been replaced by potassium and magnesium.

Salt and your health

There are a number of health effects associated with a high salt intake.

A high salt intake increases the risk of a stroke

A high salt intake increases your blood pressure and consequently the risk of having a stroke. You should therefore reduce the salt in your diet and limit your salt intake to a maximum of 6 grams per day.

Be aware that salt is hidden in many processed products, such as ready meals, pizzas and meat products, but also in bread, for example.

A high salt intake increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases

There are indications that a high salt intake can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. Many cases could be prevented by consuming less salt.

You should therefore reduce the salt in your diet and limit your salt intake to a maximum of 6 grams per day. Be aware that salt is hidden in many processed products, such as ready meals, pizzas and meat products, but also in bread, for example.

A high salt intake increases the risk of osteoporosis

A diet that includes too much salt results in increased calcium excretion through the kidneys. Calcium deficiency is a risk factor for osteoporosis.

You should therefore reduce the salt in your diet and limit your salt intake to a maximum of 6 grams per day. Be aware that salt is hidden in many processed products, such as ready meals, pizzas and meat products, but also in bread, for example.

A high salt intake increases the risk of stomach cancer

Salt and foods that are high in salt increase the risk of stomach cancer. A high concentration of salt acts like a corrosive and damages the gastric mucosa.

In addition, salt causes the contents of the stomach to be emptied more slowly, meaning that the mucous membrane is exposed to the salt for longer. The stomach wall also becomes more vulnerable to carcinogenic substances.

You should therefore reduce the salt in your diet and limit your salt intake to a maximum of 6 grams per day. You can cut down your salt intake by cooking with fresh products and not eating salty and preserved products too often.

iGene Passport

iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether cutting down your salt intake may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks. Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.

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