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Seven pieces of advice on how to reduce salt consumption

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSodium and chlorine contained in salt are important for human health. Therefore, it is not worth trying to refuse this product. However, excessive amounts of salt can create a risk of cardiovascular and kidney disease, as well as cancer, dietologists warn.

In order to limit salt consumption it is first necessary to know the natural amount of salt contained in food products. Specialists of Nestlé Nutrition Institute believe people consume too much salt because of habits. People do not know that they lose nothing even if they do not consume salt regularly. It is, in fact, the opposite – by reducing consumption of salt, people can become healthier. Reduced concentration of salt also helps reveal the natural taste of food products.

Know what you should do first. It may prove very difficult to reduce the consumption of salt if we do not know what amount of salt is necessary to maintain a healthy balance. World Health Organisation recommends consuming no less than 5 grams of salt per day, which is approximately one tea spoon.

Prior to adding salt to a dish, taste it. Many of us add salt to meals as a form of habit. Try to teach yourself around this habit. If you feel forced to add salt to some meal, try a taste to determine if it actually requires additional salt. You may find that there is no difference.

Be smart when you shop. Always pay attention to what you have in your basket. Check the tag to make sure which of your chosen products have less salt and which have more. It is always a good idea to choose products that have low salt concentration. Modern-age food producers offer a wide range of products with low concentration of salt.

Enjoy the natural taste of your prepared meals. Don’t worry about meals not being as tasty without your usual pinch of salt. Human taste quickly adapts to what we like. Food that does not contain an excessive amount of salt taste just like it should. Always try to reduce the amount of salt you put in your meals when preparing them.

Try using a wider range of recipes. Often, when a person decides to use less salt, he goes to have a look at the Internet. There are many different recipes with low salt concentration that are guaranteed to cater to anyone’s taste. Choose what you like and improvise.

Do you really need two portions of salt? Recipes often state it is necessary to add a pinch of salt. People, however, often add several pinches. Add as little salt as you can when cooking. People often add as much salt as they want when at the dinner table.

Discover other natural spices. Salt is not the only spice that can be used to enhance a dish. You should always have different spices that can be used to replace salt as a spice in some dish. Try replacing it with other types of spices to help reduce salt consumption.

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