Cutting Back on Salt

It is common knowledge that consuming too much salt is harmful for our body for reasons such as hair loss, high blood pressure, heart disease and more. These consequences may be accumulative, showing only in your later years. Other less fatal consequences include exhaustion and bloating, affecting your overall mood.

Reducing your salt intake as soon as possible, or simply now, will prevent you from getting more used to that salty level. Here are some ways to cut back on our intake of salt.

Be Conscious

Begin reading the labels of products you purchased especially that of processed foods for preserved foods have high sodium levels. The sodium content in an item should not be more than 400mg per serving, more so for foods that you regularly enjoy.

Choose Wisely

The Health Promotion Board has done some of the homework for us by identifying products with lower sodium and salt content (at least 20 to 25% less than the original), and labeling them "Healthier Choice".

Go Natural

Eat more fruits and vegetables rather than other foods. These items tend to be neglected though they are naturally good for us for their high potassium levels. Potassium is a mineral that can protect against sodium intake too.

Seek Alternative Seasonings

Rather than relying on salt, soya sauce or stock cubes to flavour your food, go for spices, lemon juice and herbs. Also, remove the liquid in canned foods such as beans and mushrooms.

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