Monday, 6 August 2007

Shake the salt habit

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Most people shake the salt onto their meals without abandon. I know because I am one of them -- up until lately. Here's what you should know about salt -- adding one teaspoon of salt adds 2000 mg of sodium to your diet, and the daily maximum you should be consuming is 2400 mg per day. But purging your kitchen of salt shakers isn't going to be enough -- many foods are packed with salt.

Such as? Potato chips, canned soups, boullion cubes, microwave dinners, nuts, cured meats, deli meats, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, salad dressings, marinades, hot dogs, pickles, cheese, sausages ... really, I could go on. The key is checking the labels to make sure that what you're eating isn't packed with salt. Another key is finding alternatives, like fresh herbs, pepper or maybe even a sodium-free salt alternative.

How do you avoid salt?

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