Weight Loss Health promotes healthy
eating. For most of us, eating healthfully means cutting down on
salt. Even if cutting down your salt intake won't reduce your waist
measurement, it'll make you a healthier person, better able to
follow your weight management programme.
But it's not that
simple. Have you ever been confused by the nutritional labels on
food? Salt or sodium, what's the different?
Salt is the
general name given to sodium chloride. 6g of salt contains about
2.5g of sodium. It's the sodium in salt that can lead to health
problems. For example, sodium can lead to higher than recommended
It's important that you educate yourself to
avoid over indulging on salt. You may feel that by reducing your
calorie intake and cutting out rich creamy sauces and refined sugars
you have all the bases covered. Not necessarily. Sometimes to
compensate for reduced fat, you or the manufacturer may add extra
seasonings. Salt is one the ways flavour can be added into a low fat
diet. Be careful and read food labels carefully.
Tips on How to Reduce Salt in Your
Add fresh natural herbs such as basil, coriander,
rosemary, mint and thyme to lean protein options such as chicken,
tofu and fish.
Don't add salt when cooking. Taste the
cooked food, then decide how much you need - if any!
Chop fresh mint onto salads and add fresh basil
Don't add salt until you've tried your
food. It's so easy to add it automatically!
Go easy on salt, and add more pepper instead!
Is Sea Salt Better For
There are minute traces of minerals in sea salt,
which you don't find in ordinary salt. Although these might be
beneficial, it's just as important that you cut your intake of sea
How does salt creep into our food?
Processed foods - watch the
labels carefully, you might be amazed!
Salt we add when cooking or
at the table
Salt found naturally in most
Replace unhealthy salt-laden
snacks such as crisps with crunchy soy nuts for an oven-roasted
down on sauces. Soy sauce is particularly high in salt.
lower salt stock cubes for cooking, or instead make your own stock
with herbs and spices for flavour to casseroles and soups.
tinned vegetables that are labelled 'no added salt'.
nutritional labels before your by.