You might be shocked at the amount of salt in the food your family eats and that it contains artificial preservatives. But you can reduce your intake without compromising on the foods you love with a few easy switches.
"Get into the habit of reading the food nutrition labels... and choose lower sodium options."Joanne Turner
Keeping your family healthy is a juggling act. A healthy diet requires balance; not only in what the family will and won’t eat, but also in time management. Then there’s a balance of nutrients to aim for. Leading dietitian Joanne Turner says reading food labels is a good idea to help lower your family’s salt and artificial preservative intake to help keep your family healthy and happy.
MEET OUR EXPERT, JOANNE TURNER
Joanne Turner is Australia’s leading dual-qualified accredited practicing dietitian and exercise physiologist. Jo is the award winning director of health consultancy company NuActive Health and has consulted to thousands of individual, corporate and elite athlete clients, as well as the food industry and the media. Jo is also a devoted mum to her three children.
AVOID TOO MUCH SALT
Did you know Aussies consume too much salt, which can cause damage to their health and wellbeing?* Common grocery items including processed meats, breakfast cereals, wraps, crispbreads and snacks can contain a lot of salt, so check the nutrition label before you buy and if necessary look for a lower salt alternative.
AIM FOR A BALANCED DIET
It’s easy to keep your salt and artificial preservative intake in check when you stick to a diet of mostly fresh food, and balance your intake of healthy carbs, lean protein and good fats. Before purchasing any product, just check that label to make sure it’s the better choice!
WATCH THOSE ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES
While you’ve got your eyes on the label, it’s also a good idea to check for artificial preservatives. Some common artificial preservatives include 200 (potassium sorbate), 282 (calcium propionate) and 281 (sodium propionate).
MAKE THE SWITCH
Helga’s Traditional White and Mixed Grain Wraps are tasty and versatile. With no artificial preservatives and lower salt than the market leader** you can pop them in your trolley with confidence.
To find out more, visit helgas.com.au
*Source: FSANZ 2015. Accessed from the Australian Health Survey.
**Helga’s Traditional White and Mixed Grain Wraps contain less sodium (430mg/100g) and (450mg/100g) than Mission Wraps Original (790mg/100g) September 2016.