Fresh round of Cookery Clubs announced for March
20th February 2019
With Salt Awareness Week almost upon us, what better time is there to shake the habit?
If you live or work in Greenwich, come along to a free course to find out how to cut down on salt, explore alternative flavours and feel healthier!
Salt Awareness Week kicks off on Monday 4 March and with it a brand-new round of cookery clubs.
During that week, cookery clubs will be sprouting up at several local venues across the borough, to excite your culinary curiosity and shake up your ideas about how to make home-cooked food tasty. Find one happening near you.
Eating too much salt (and not enough fruit and vegetables) can raise your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is too high, it increases your risk of a heart attack, stroke, and heart and kidney disease. Most of us eat too much salt, so cutting down is a good way to reduce the risk of these conditions.
Even if you don’t add salt to your food, you could still be eating too much.
Surprisingly, about three-quarters of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy, hidden in things like breakfast cereals, soups, breads and sauces. A great way to combat this is to prepare healthy meals yourself.
That’s where our cookery clubs come in! Run by friendly, qualified tutors, our cookery clubs run for 2 ½ hours, once a week for five weeks. They will help you learn how to prepare healthy, delicious meals, using basic ingredients, with a sprinkling of simple and effective advice on cutting down salt in your diet, such as:
- Gradually reducing salt added to food during cooking and at the table – measuring what you use rather than just pouring it on
- Adding lots of other flavours to meals to make them tasty and full of flavour e.g. herbs, spices, onions, garlic, lemon juice
- Cutting down on high salt processed foods e.g. crisps, salted nuts, bacon, ham, stock cubes and ready-made meals and/or choose those marked ‘low in salt’ or ‘no added salt’
- Learning how to read food labels so you can compare salt contents of products and choose lower salt options – more than 1.5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt
Remember, adults and children over 11 should eat no more than 6g of salt (about a teaspoon) a day. Younger children should have even less and babies shouldn’t eat salty foods as it isn’t good for their kidneys.
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Whilst reducing salt is only one aspect of healthy eating, along with fat and sugar, cutting down is vital to eating well and making positive changes to your health. You don’t have to do all this at once, however, and joining a cookery club can help you identify some eating habits you might like to change and how to make these changes gradually.
For more information, or to book a place, visit the Cookery Club website or contact us on
0800 470 4831. But hurry – spaces are filling up fast!
For more information, tips and advice on eating well, visit the Eat Well pages on our website. To follow the national conversation around salt reduction, search #EatLessSalt on Twitter.
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