So, from the previous post, we agree that sodium can kill you. Let’s see where it hides in your diet and why you must do something about it.
Let’s talk about sodium and your health.
There are some foods that you know have lots of salt:
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However, there are also many foods that have hidden sodium. These include:
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In these foods, the salt content can vary widely between different brands or varieties. That means you can cut down on salt by comparing brands, and choosing the one that is lower in salt. Nutrition labels can help you do this. We will talk later about how to read food labels.
And, we will talk in future posts about the problems of eating in restaurants.
But, at home, how do you reduce your sodium intake ? Here’s some ideas:
- Use fresh or dried herbs and spices to flavour vegetables
- Avoid adding salt to your food when eating
- Use soy sauce sparingly: one teaspoon contains about 0.36g of sodium (equivalent to 0.9g salt)
- Buy fresh or frozen vegetables, or those canned without salt
- Rinse canned foods, such as beans, to remove excess salt
- Choose breakfast cereals that are lower in sodium
- Buy low or reduced sodium versions, or those with no salt added