We Africans and Americans can’t do without salt in our daily cooking routine. We want to cook white rice we add salt, we want to make joolof rice we add salt, we want to fry plantain we add salt. Some of us even demand for salt after been served our cooked meals..this is wrong!
Its not healthy to use all the seasoning in your Noodles pack & still add extra salt and maggi to taste. You Even add some into garri before drinking.
Americans consume twice more than the daily recommendation amount of salt.
EXCESS salt increases the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart diseases. Decreasing your salt consumption will safe your life!
Dietary Recommendations Of Salt
For dietary reduction, a low amount of sodium diet reduces the intake of sodium when you carefully discipline yourself and eat strictly fruits,veggies and fibres avoiding foods with higher amount of salt.
Consumption of Potasium Chloride is widely used as a salt substitute. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended not less than 3,510mg of daily potassium intake.
You don’t need more than a Teaspoon full of salt in a whole day, in all your meals!
Kidneys have trouble keeping up with excess sodium in the blood. As it accumulates, the body holds onto water to dilute it. This increases the volume of blood in the bloodstream.
This increased blood volume means more work for the heart and more pressure on blood vessels which in turn can lead to stiff blood vessels, leading to High blood pressure, Heart attacks, Strokes, Kidney failure and Osteoporosis
How Much Sodium Do You Need In A Day?
For men and women 14 years of age and older and pregnant women, you need just 1,500mg a day to be adequate with an upper limit of 2300mg
Now turn the back of your favorite noodle pack. Look the amount of sodium in each pack. Can you see?
Overtime, this poses higher risk of cardiovascular diseases to you.
Turn the back of your favorite snack. Companies have been mandated to state how much is in their foods, so there’s transparency here.
For pregnant ladies, be very careful of the food you take because you are more prone apart from the elderly.
Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (PIH) AKA Gestational HTN can easily affects you when you consume excess salt.
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