Salt adds flavor to food – but nobody should consume more than six grams a day. Because too much salt constricts the blood vessels, can lead to high blood pressure and thus increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. A new study by Stiftung Warentest, however, shows that many foods contain more salt than expected – and thus significantly boost consumption of the spice.
According to Stiftung Warentest, 80 percent of daily salt consumption is made up of food that has already been processed. The true salt bombs include, for example, baked rolls and toast. But also ready meals increase the daily consumption of the spice. A portion of pasta costs three grams of salt, pizza even five grams. For example, a food that appears to be high in salt is fish. One serving of matjes fillet contains eight grams of the spice and thus exceeds the daily dose. So it’s no wonder that salt consumption is generally higher than the six grams per day that the body can process. While the daily consumption of 6.5 grams is still limited for women, men consume nine grams of the spice. In order to reduce your own salt consumption, Stiftung Warentest recommends buying foods that are not processed and seasoned very little. If you cook yourself, you can season the food differently, for example with curry or dill – or eat fruit, oat flakes and muesli more often, because these products contain almost no salt.