Now a day’s eating too much salt is concern to whole world as incidence of heart disease is increasing. Many of people eat too much salt. Too much salt can raise your blood pressure, which puts you at increased risk of health problems such as heart disease and stroke. By reducing your salt intake it is possible to reduce your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, so it’s well worth doing.
For adults, daily 1.5 – 2.3 grams sodium intake is recommended. A teaspoon of salt, which weighs about 5 grams, contains about 2 grams of sodium which is recommended daily.
A lot of every day food is not very salty to taste but they do contains “HIDDEN SALT “in it.
75% to 80% of the salt we eat is already in everyday foods such as bakery products (bread, biscuits, cookies, cakes), ready to eat meals, papads, pickles, cheese, salt water fish, tomato ketchup, soup, soya sauce processed foods such as Maggie, noodles, pasta, salted chips, and nuts. All these products contain lot of hidden salt in it which contains more than 1 gram sodium.
So To cut down on salt, eat them less often or have smaller amounts. And you need to become aware of the salt that is already in the everyday foods you buy, and choose lower salt options.
Fortunately, nutrition labels on food packaging now make this a lot easier. Most pre-packed foods have a nutrition label on the pack or side of the packaging. Choose low sodium foods.
One easy way to eat less salt is to stop adding too much salt to your food during cooking and at the dinner table. If you regularly add salt to food when cooking, try cutting it out or adding less. And when you sit down to eat, taste your food first to see if it needs salt. You can just replace your salt to CURD, TOMATO, TAMARIND or LEMON which really gives a great taste to your food even without adding salt.