Many of you may have been aware of the high salt content of cheese already, more often than not you can taste it, particularly in cheeses such as Halloumi, Cambozola and Roquefort. However, far fewer of you will have been aware that these cheeses actually contain more salt than the equivalent amount of sea water! It is well accepted that too much salt in the diet is bad for health, particularly heart health and blood pressure, so clearly excessive amounts of cheese isn’t recommended. This said, cheese has recently been found to be beneficial to type 2 diabetes, but if this is abused then the positives may quickly turn into negatives! The average salt content of Halloumi, Cambozola and Roquefort is 2.71g per 100g (although an average serving of cheese should be around 30g per day). Compare this to 100g of seawater which contains 2.5g of salt, then you get an idea of just how salty these cheeses can be. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has only recently reduced the recommended salt intake from 6g to 5g per day, meaning a 50g serving of Halloumi delivers approx. a quarter of the recommended maximum intake a day! Remember that a high salt content is deemed to be anything above 1.5g salt per 100g, whilst low is 0.3g salt or less per 100g.
The Telegraph, (2014). Halloumi and blue cheese saltier than sea water. Retrieved 11th August, 2914, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11016466/Halloumi-and-blue-cheese-saltier-than-seawater.html