Make SALT a negotiable ingredient.
Here’s how –
- Limit or avoid processed foods, ready to eat foods, instant mixes, noodles/soups, canned foods, fried foods, aerated drinks, salted nuts.
- Junk and street foods like pizzas, burgers, chaat, as well as regular restaurant food, have a lot more salt than homemade foods so try to avoid these as much as possible.
- Avoid eating pickles, papads, chutneys, ketchup on a daily basis with your meals.
- Reduce the amount of salt added when you cook. Do not keep a salt shaker on the dining table.
- Add spices, herbs and lemon juice to flavour your food if you feel it lacks salt.
- Avoid adding salt when cooking plain rice or chapati or roti.
- Choose fresh fruits instead of biscuits, chips, mixtures and other snacks.
- Baked goods (both savoury and sweet) contain sodium both from salt as well as from the baking powder or baking soda that is used. Restrict the consumption.
- Avoid adding or eating food with ‘tasting salt’/ Ajinomoto; otherwise known as MSG (monosodium glutamate).
- Sometimes it is difficult to avoid instant foods like soups, noodles or ready to eat foods- at such times try to add extra vegetables to increase the quantity of the food so that it can be shared with someone else. This not only cuts your sodium intake but also adds extra nutrients to the dish.
Most salts whether table salt, sea salt, rock salt (crystalline salt), iodized salt, chaat masala, flavoured
salts, black salt (kala namak) or organic salt- they ALL contain sodium.
A balanced diet with optimum inclusion of spices is definitely a better way to stay healthy.
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