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Is it true that salt does not contain calories?

Yes, indeed. It is true that salt, which is essential to our dietary balance, has no caloric value (1g salt = 0 calories). Also, let’s not forget that an excessive consumption of salt can promote water retention, especially in people prone to such a problem. Furthermore, the WHO recommends the consumption of less than 5 grams of salt per day (for healthy adults) as its excess is harmful to our health.

In fact, all foods, whether homemade or industrial, are salted in various proportions and are considered the primary source of salt in our plates.

For your information, what follows are some foods that are high in salt: meat and derived products (especially delicatessen), canned or frozen cooked fish, smoked fish, shellfish and crustaceans, olives, cheese, all kinds of soups, sauces and other industrial condiments, chips, snacks and appetizer biscuits, ready-made meals, bread and cereal products (biscuits, breakfast cereals), pastries, cakes, confectionery and some mineral waters (Vichy, Badoit among others).

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