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Too much salt is bad for you

While everybody requirements to eat salt, eating a lot of it can cause hypertension and increment the gamble of coronary illness.

Happiness Williams, a dietician at Western Cape Clinic Symphony Way Community Day Center, says salt (sodium) is habit-forming and certain individuals need it.

Individuals can likewise want salt because of a sodium lopsidedness, stress, absence of rest, drying out, exorbitant perspiring or an ailment, she adds.

Sodium is tracked down normally in an assortment of food varieties, including milk and meat. It is additionally tracked down in high sums in handled food, like bread; handled meat and sauces.


As indicated by the World Health Organization, individuals ought to eat under five grams (simply under a teaspoon) of salt a day to decrease their gamble of hypertension, cardiovascular illness, stroke and coronary episode.

Williams says individuals can decrease their salt admission by:

Cooking with less salt. Attempt to try not to utilize flavors, soups and sauces while planning food. All things being equal, use spices, lemon, garlic, ginger, vinegar, onions and stew to add flavor to your food. These contain less sodium and are better choices."

Eliminating salt from the supper table. Try not to add salt to your suppers during supper. This is a persistent vice and can be stayed away from on the off chance that it is concealed."

Eating less food that is high in salt, like handled meats and safeguarded or tinned food.

Perusing food marks. Salt is shown as sodium on food marks. Decide on food varieties containing under 120mg sodium per 100g, and keep away from food sources containing more than 600mg sodium per 100g.


Williams says a reasonable eating routine, which contains all nutrition types - starch, protein, fat, leafy foods - is essential to keep up with great physical and psychological well-being.

Eating the right piece of every nutrition type is additionally fundamental, she adds.

You can divide your plate as per the 'Plate Model' in which:

A big part of your plate has non-bland vegetables, like broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber or carrots.

Quarter of your plate has high fiber starches, like earthy colored rice, entire wheat pasta, yam or butternut.

Quarter of your plate has lean protein, like barbecued skinless chicken, fish, lean mince, ostrich meat or soya.

Source: The South African

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Happiness Williams Symphony Way Community Day Center Western Cape Clinic


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