There has been much talk about the harmful effects of eating a high-salt diet. It can lead to serious illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, It also reduces the kidneys’ ability to flush out toxins and more.
Nutritionists point out that thanks to modern lifestyle, our daily consumption of salt is well above the recommended 2300 milligrams per day which is equivalent to one teaspoon of per day!
However, our lives are filled with popular snacks, munchies and processed foods which have a high salt ratio. That tempting bowl of popcorn or French fries is a hypertension spiker but the warnings are often ignored to satisfy our salt cravings.
So how do we regulate the salt in our diet? For starters, there is some good news. Our bodies can quickly adapt to a reduction of sodium in our diet, so you can start any time. But it’s easier said than done.
Salt appears to be a hidden ingredient in innumerable foods that we eat – your favorite drink, canned foods, packaged and processed foods, condiments…the list is endless. Coupled with this, a spicy Indian cuisine demands high salt content to add to the flavour and taste.
Here are a few smart ways to regulate your salt intake:-
- Avoid processed meats – Those irresistible meat cuts are high in sodium.
- Pizzas and pasta sauce – A healthier option is to make your own pasta sauce and homemade pizzas.
- Bread – Some types of bread (including brown bread) are high in sodium. Choose multi-grain varieties instead.
- Soups – Drinking that delectable soup may warm you up during monsoons or winters but watch the salt in it. Make your own soups occasionally with low salt content and add extra herbs for flavour.
- Load up on fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds –Snack on these frequently.
- Read the label – It always helps to read the nutrition chart carefully. Try and avoid foods with high sodium content.
A healthy life is a conscious choice we make. So the next time you are at the dining table, it may be a wise choice to not pass that salt!