The not so unsavoury side of it.

We’ve all come across those articles, you know… the ones with the stats, the scary ones showing how research has found that the average South African has up to double the recommended amount of salt? Or maybe that our recommended salt intake is 5 grams per day (that’s one level teaspoon), according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa. Excess salt intake can increase hypertension (high blood pressure), thereby contributing to heart complications like heart disease, strokes, and kidney disease.

What we will tell you is that most salt comes from what is added during manufacturing and not from what consumers add knowingly to their food. That is why this article is dedicated to the way we can control our salt intake and empower our health.

Not into the savoury delights? feel you’re completely excluded from this article? Think again, most salt is hidden in everyday food items like bread, pasta, processed meats, soups, gravy powders, there’s even hidden salt in our breakfast cereals. This is a good place to look into too, especially with South Africa’s growing fast food industry, more South Africans are opting for fast, convenient food.

These are the factors B-well has taken into consideration when creating the B-well Mayonnaise. B-well Mayonnaise, found in four different varieties: Original Tangy, Thick & Creamy, Reduced Oil and Olive & Canola Mayonnaise, all low in Sodium. Salt is typically labelled as, “sodium”, on the food labels. Have a look at the amount of sodium per serving and calculate how much that contributes to your daily salt intake. This is why it is important to select good healthful products.

B-well is proud to be one of the few food brands that have its products endorsed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, the B-well Mayo’s included. The Mayonnaises are not only low in Sodium, but also low in saturated fat, high in Omega 3 and are naturally cholesterol-free, but this also makes B-well Mayonnaise the smart option for all, even those at risk of heart complications.

We can’t necessarily avoid all convenience foods, but we can cut back and choose fresh products or ones that are low in cholesterol and low in sodium. This is one way you can actively reducing your salt intake. Another way to empower yourself is to become more aware when you’re cooking, gradually add less salt to your dishes and introduce flavour through herbs and spices. It can take some time for your taste buds to adapt to less salt so there’s no harm in making the change slowly as you gradually add less and less salt. While you reduce the actual salt you’re adding, start experimenting with herbs and spices to add flavour.

B-well has created a series of Low-Salt recipes to offer you delicious bites to eat, you won’t miss the salt, you will enjoy the flavour experience, and so will your heart. Find the B-well recipes and health hacks on Instagram or Facebook