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A touch of salt brings out flavours, and in olden times salt was important in preserving foods for long periods of time. But too much salt is harmful to our health. Read our tips on how to use salt wisely—and how we at Fazer deal with salt.

Some salt is vital to us, as our bodies need the sodium compound found in salt to maintain fluid balance. Sodium is also essential for the contraction of muscles and the transmission of nerve impulses. But too much salt is harmful.

The human body needs salt but 1,5 grams of salt per day is sufficient. Vegetables and fruits also contain potassium, an antagonist of sodium and helps blunt the negative effects of sodium in the body. So, adding a rich variety of whole grain products and vegetables into your diet is worthwhile.

Towards less salty flavours

People get increasingly used to the flavour of salt as they grow older. Small children are happy to eat saltless food, but children gradually get used to salt and learn to miss its flavour.

It is easy to add a little extra salt to home cooking and many of us have taken the habit to adding salt to foods unnecessarily. Salt can be replaced by flavours from other sources, such as lemon and other sour ingredients, as well as fresh herbs. These will help add plenty of flavour on your plate without always resorting to salt.

But how much salt is ok?

According to the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations, your daily diet should contain between 1,5 and 5 grams of salt. But studies show that the average Finnish man and woman eats nearly 9 grams and 6,5 grams of salt a day respectively.

Product development brings new ways to reduce salt without compromising taste

We see food as a solution to many challenges, including the need to reduce salt. When we reduce the amount of salt in our products, we help people make everyday choices that do good to their well-being, as too much salt increases blood pressure which can in turn lead to hypertension and other heart problems.