How Much Salt is SAFE?

August 1, 2006

1237458937_1 When I see diabetic patient, almost always he’s also hypertensive. So not only will I counsel him on carbohydrates and diet to lower blood sugar… but also tips on how to lower salt intake.  Remember… a high blood pressure puts a strain to your heart since its pumping blood against a high pressure!  Controlling your diet of salt can therefore go a long way to a healthier heart!

Let me share with you some facts about salt and Tips To Lower Blood Pressure:

1.  One teaspoon of salt is equivalent to 2400 mg of sodium. Our average meal is estimated to contain 4000 to 6000 mg of sodium.  It is recommended that if you have high blood pressure, intake should be less than 2000 mg of sodium per day.  In practical terms… allow yourself at most 1/2 to 3/4 of a teaspoon of salt per day.

2. Once on a low salt diet…it may take at least 4 to 6 weeks before your taste adjusts to it!  So cutting back on salt…make sure you do it gradually!

3. Limit salt for flavoring and use lemon, herbs or spices instead …to a healthier and a better tasting meal.

4. Eat more fruits and vegetables because they contain less salt than any other food on the table.

5. Common sense advise : no chips and processed foods!  Look at the food labels of processed canned goods..they’re loaded with sodium!!! Rinsing the Canned Tuna for example can do the trick in removing excess sodium!

Last Practical Tip:

    If the Food Tastes GOOD… then it’s HIGH in salt!… 

    … A little sacrifice on a little bland taste can go a long way to …

Healthier Meal and A Helathier Heart!


2 Responses to “How Much Salt is SAFE?”

  1. Maripee Says:

    I remember my former Japanese employer said, when he was introducing us to some Jap food preparation, that at a young age, they train their kids’ tongues to different tastes. They can identify the kind of food even at its blandest taste. How? Steam each kind separately. He made us try one and it was good! Sanayan nga lang talaga, Doc.

  2. J Son Says:

    Great Blog…keep it up

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