Our Advisory Team
Looking for expert advice about salt and your health?
Find out all you need to know from our advisory team about salt
in the diet and how reducing sodium can make a big difference to
your health and lifestyle.
GP Dr Sarah Jarvis
Dr Sarah Jarvis is a registered GP and trained at
Cambridge and Oxford. She comments regularly in the media on health
issues and is the resident GP for BBC Radio 2, The One Show and
Good Housekeeping. She was also the ITN Lunchtime News doctor for 4
Do you know how much salt is in your
Excess salt in the diet is a major international health issue, as
too much salt (sodium chloride) can increase the risk of high blood
pressure, which, in turn, is a major risk factor for heart disease
and stroke. These are still two of the biggest killers in this
Salt is one of those things which can be easy to bury our head in
the sand about. It can seem easier to skip a dessert and watch our
sugar intake than it can be to look at the savoury food we eat. But
are you aware of exactly how much salt is in your diet? Research by
LoSalt shows that more than half (58%) of people are not concerned
about how much salt they are eating and 86 per cent of people do
not know how much salt they should be having a day.
This worries me greatly because in the UK we are still eating far
too much salt. However, with a few small changes and swaps here and
there, you can make a big difference to your health by bringing
your salt intake down.
For more information on salt and health, take a look at Dr Sarah
Jarvis' useful guide in the videos below:
Sally Bee is all about healthy food that tastes amazing!
As a 5 times heart attack survivor, Sally considers healthy food as
her medicine and says she can produce any delicious dish in a
healthy way! Sally's dishes are never about counting calories, they
are all about flavour and health giving ingredients.
She is our culinary expert when it comes to eating healthily and
shares ideas for the small changes you can make to ensure you're
eating for taste AND health. Check out some of her delicious
Azmina Govindji is an award-winning nutritionist,
registered dietitian and bestselling author. She runs her own
nutrition consultancy at Azmina Nutrition, and offers advice to the
food industry, the media, patients and health organisations.
Azmina shares her top tips for how to 'shake the shake:
Cooking at home
• Stock up on a variety of herbs and spices as they are great
enhancers and can help reduce some of the salt in cooking
• If you need the salty flavour in your food, try a reduced sodium
option such as LoSalt
• For additional taste, try adding a zesty flavour to food with
lemon juice or vinegar
Wait before you shake
• Taste food before adding salt - you may find you enjoy the taste
of the dish just as it is!
• Ask for healthy options if you're in a restaurant or takeaway
outlet - such as dishes that are lower in salt or if they can add
less salt or a reduced sodium salt to you food
• Avoid salty dishes such as prawn crackers
Shopping and labels
• Check the traffic light system on food labels and try to avoid
brands which have a red traffic light for salt
• Buy reduced salt soy, stocks and seasonings and this often
contain lots of hidden salt
• Choose foods which are canned in water