A pinch of salt might just be a pinch too much


WHO advises high blood pressure patients to limit salt intake to 1,600 mg of sodium per day

Those with low blood pressure, or those who spend long hours in the sun/heat, have higher than normal sodium requirement


Read Nutrition Facts label to find foods low in sodium

Look out for foods with compounds that has sodium or Na in its name

Substitute salt in your recipes with your own seasoning blend

Add fresh lemon juice instead of salt to daals, fish and vegetables

Avoid sprinkling salt on fruits and salads.

Restrict pickles, pappads, aam-papads, chutneys and churans to a minimum. Prepare these at home, using small amounts of salt.

Choose fresh or frozen unprocessed food preparations over those that are canned

shi Khosla is a former senior nutritionist at Escorts. She heads the Centre of Dietary Counselling and also runs a health food store. She feels that for complete well-being, one should integrate physical, mental and spiritual health. According to her: "To be healthy should be the ultimate goal for all."

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