The British Heart Foundation have produced a good summary of some foods that are surprisingly salty.
Have a look at this page on their website – http://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-matters-online/july-august-2014/nutrition/salty-surprises.aspx
Bacon is a high salt food and if you are trying to lower your salt intake it is sensible to avoid bacon or lower your bacon intake. However, new data indicates that some bacon products contain much more salt than others.
For more information see this link.
There is a widespread belief that athletes need a high salt intake. However, sweat actually contains less salt than plasma (the watery part of blood). Therefore, when you sweat, you lose more water than salt and so the levels of sodium in blood actually rise. There is plenty of salt in food and except in extreme circumstances there is unlikely to be any need for salt supplementation.
There is a good discussion of this, including a video on the British Medical Journal website by Timothy Noakes who is an expert in the field. Click here to take a look.
There is evidence that a high salt intake is associated with a higher cancer risk, particularly cancer of the stomach. This has been highlighted in news articles today on the BBC. See for example the video on this page.
A key point made in this news item is that some bread contains a lot of salt, so always check the label.
Consensus Action Against Salt and Health (CASH) have recently published a survey on children’s meals served in restaurants and pubs. Some of the meals were found to contain more that the recommended 4g salt GDA for children.
To read more about the survey please follow the link here http://www.actiononsalt.org.uk/news/surveys/2012/Childrens12/77588.html
The campaign group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has published a survey showing that takeaway pizzas have a very high salt content. You can read about this here.
However, you can make really great pizzas yourself without putting lots of salty food on them.
Have you read what top chef Raymond Blanc says about salt here.
The new OxSalt website is launched today.