How is salt linked to high blood pressure?
All salt, whether its table salt, rock salt, sea salt or pink Himalayan rock salt, is 100 percent sodium chloride and it’s sodium which is linked to high blood pressure.
Dr Jarvis explained: “When we eat salt, or food containing salt, it’s the sodium which makes your body retain water and that is a big factor in increasing your blood pressure.
“You may think a teaspoon of salt sounds like a lot and that you don’t use that much salt in your cooking or seasoning.
“However, 75 percent of the salt in our diets is already contained in foods. It is most likely to be found in processed foods such as bread, cereals, bacon, ham, sausages, pickles, sauces and condiments and ready prepared meals.
“It’s important to be mindful of the salt you add to food which is the easiest to modify and keep an eye on but to also think about the type of food you are eating which can contain hidden salt.”