The connection between sodium intake and hypertension is well known. Research studies have established a strong connection between the two and health experts have always warned to limit the intake of salt in all forms in order to mitigate the risks associated with high blood pressure.
On excessive salt consumption, Dr Shukla says, “the recommendations as per all the guidelines is that in an entire day the amount of salt that an average person should take should not be more than a full teaspoon.”
Now a critical question arises, does the problem lie in our salt shaker? Or is it a more widespread problem?
A normal human being consumes salt in several ways. Heavy amounts of salt are added to processed foods in order to increase their shelf life. Foods which are packaged are laden with salt to improve taste and texture as well. These salts are also a potential risk for hypertension.
He also suggests not consuming too much salt. says Dr Shukla and warns to cut off food items which have excess salt like chutney, pickle, tomato sauce, chips, French fries, cheese and the namkeens from diet. “Try to cut off food items which have excess salt like chutney, pickle, tomato sauce, chips, French fries, cheese and the namkeens,” recommends Dr Shukla.