All food naturally contains small quantities of sodium. On top of this, food producers also add salt (and thereby also sodium) to products to improve flavour or preserve the food for longer. Failure to add cooking salt during food preparation does not therefore mean that the food does not contain any sodium. Pay attention to the nutritional value of products before buying them.
The human body requires one to three grams of salt per day. In Belgium, we eat on average ten grams of salt a day, i.e. much more than is needed. The body can not always properly process excess sodium present in food.
The recommendation is not to eat more than 6 grams of salt (or 2.4 grams of sodium) a day. Less still would be better, but in practice this is hardly ever achieved since three quarters of the salt we eat comes from ready meals from shops.
As a producer of low-salt products, it is important to ask yourself the following question: “From what point can we call a product low in salt?”. The outcome of this is that the product may only contain 0.3 grams of salt per 100 grams. For this reason, we are adapting our low salt range to this value.
Our low salt stock cubes which are also 100% potassium-free – are one of our consumers’ favourite products. As it happens, this product can be used in a number of different recipes such as soups, sauces, pasta dishes etc. Here you can also see how to prepare a nice oven dish without using salt.
If you need to follow a diet that is strictly low in salt, we really recommend that you prepare as many dishes as possible yourself. A home-cooked meal is virtually always a healthier choice and then you will yourself have control over the quantity of salt that you are using!