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How is Glutafin helping you?

Date: Thursday 22nd March 2012

As it is Salt Awareness Week we thought you may be interested in knowing more about how Glutafin has been reducing salt in their gluten free products.

 

Many of us in the UK eat too much salt. Having too much salt in your diet can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure and a heart disease.

 

But you don't have to add salt to your food to be eating too much!  Everyday foods such as bread and breakfast cereals can also contribute significantly towards your daily salt intake, that’s not always because these foods are high in salt: it’s because we eat a lot of them.

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A staggering 75% of the salt we eat is added to foods during the manufacturing process, the worst culprits being processed foods such as canned soups, takeaways and ready meals.

 

In May 2003, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) published its report on Salt and Health after finding evidence high salt intake and high blood pressure was stronger than it had been when the issue had been considered in the early 1990’s. In 2008 the Food Standards Agency (FSA) revised its salt targets and proposed new targets for individual foods.

 

So what is Glutafin doing to help you?

In 2009 Glutafin took the initiative to start reducing the salt content in all its products. 

 

By 2011, following a number of product reformulations among its range, Glutafin had succeeded in significantly reducing the salt content of our products to meet the recommendations of FSA. Thus, a balance has been achieved between good tasting foods and preventative measures to protect the health of our consumers.

Any new Glutafin food we launch will also have low salt content and will also comply with the FSA standards.

 

So we've sorted out the salt levels in our gluten free food, but watch out! Our Glutafin in-house dietitian wants you to be aware there are a number of natural gluten free food that can be high in salt!

 

Our Glutafin dietitian has named a number of salty foods you may not be aware of, but you should consider eating less often or only have smaller amounts:

  • anchovies
  • bacon
  • cheese
  • ham
  • olives
  • pickles
  • prawns
  • salami
  • salted nuts
  • salt fish
  • smoked meat and fish
  • stock cubes
  • yeast extract

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Many foods display information on the salt content on the front of the packaging. This may show the salt content as a percentage of your Guideline Daily Amount, or display a traffic light to show whether the food is low, medium or high in salt. Where traffic lights are used, red means high: so leave these foods for an occasional treat, and aim to eat mainly foods that are green or amber.

 

High salt levels is more than 1.5g salt per 100g (or 0.6g sodium). May display a red traffic light.

Low salt levels is 0.3g salt or less per 100g (or 0.1g sodium). May display a green traffic light.

 

The daily recommended maximum amount of salt children should eat depends on age:

·         1 to 3 years: 2g salt a day (0.8g sodium)

·         4 to 6 years: 3g salt a day (1.2g sodium)

·         7 to 10 years: 5g salt a day (2g sodium)

·         11 years and over: 6g salt a day (2.4g sodium)

 

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Making sure your child doesn’t eat too much salt means you’re also helping to ensure that they don’t develop a taste for salty food, which makes them less likely to eat too much salt as an adult.

 

If you have any questions on this topic please visit http://www.food.gov.uk/scotland/scotnut/salt/ or email us at glutenfree@glutafin.co.uk

 

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