Do you know how much salt you have eaten today? The salt levels in some of our local meals are unbelievably high and this puts us at a high risk of developing NCDs like hypertension and its complications. We must all strive to consume just the daily recommended amount of salt-less than 5 g (just under a teaspoon.
This and more, are some of the messages the CBC Health services’ NCD Prevention and Control Program echoed during the salt awareness week from March 8-14 2021, commemorated under the theme: ‘More Flavour, Less Salt’!
Let’s increase the flavours in our foods and reduce the saltiness, replace salt with pepper, citrus (lemon), fresh herbs, garlic, black pepper and spices. Reducing salt in your diet has many health advantages including lowering blood pressure, reducing risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage and more. Here are some tips on how to use less salt:
👅 Train your taste buds to expect less salt! Yes, it is possible and you can do it.
Avoid adding salt at table
🍳 Taste your food before adding salt 🌶️ Use more spices instead
Eat mostly fresh food instead of processed food which tend to be high in added salt
🍞 Choose low-salt options where possible
Be Salt Smart!