Think Twice Before You Add Salt to Your Food
‘Namak swaad anusar’. This is a well known term heard in all cookery shows, but it seems our Indian taste buds demand much more than what is needed. As per a study we consume salt 5 times than what our body needs, hence making our bodies prone to a host of diseases.
Normal table salt contains sodium bicarbonate, monosodiumglutamate and sodium lactate besides sodium chloride. Our body needs salt forfunctions such as maintaining blood pressure, transmission of nerve impulses,maintaining pH balance and help facilitate proper digestion. Its deficiency canoften lead to muscle cramps. On the other hand, as per the WHO, high sodiumconsumption (>2 grams/day) and insufficient potassium intake (less than 3.5grams/day) contribute to high blood pressure and increase the risk of heartdisease and stroke. Now, as per reports Indians on an average consumedangerously high levels of upto 10.98g of salt every day.
Infact, babies should not be fed salt at all because theyneed just about 1 gm (0.4 gm of Sodium) till their 1st birthday. In the case ofbabies who are being fed salt, they end up consuming way more than what isrequired by their bodies. The required amount of sodium comes from breast milkor formula.
Most mothers feel children do not eat well because it isbland and tasteless, however, in turn they end up giving more than the amountnecessary as per his age and end up putting too much pressure on his kidneysthat are not equipped for this type of pressure. Too much sodium in the dietcould lead to excess calcium excretion by the kidneys which in turn causeskidney stones. It can also lead to dehydration, obesity and hypertension inadulthood.
What’s more, an estimated 2.5 million deaths could be preventedeach year if global salt consumption were reduced to the recommended level.
Owing to the gravity of the condition, a group ofChennai-based doctors, and experts from IIT-Madras and IIT-Bombay will be partof an international meet on salt awareness, to be held in Chennai and Mumbai inNovember this year. They will deliberate on different methods to convince thegovernment to bring in a legislation and create public awareness.
Cutting salt out of your diet not only helps you livelonger, let us look at some of the benefits:
*One of the main health benefits of not eating salt is itnormalizes the pressure in the body.
*The intake of saltin your food will only lead to dehydration. If you want to stay hydrated insummer, the best thing to do is remove this ingredient from your food.
*Increase Weight Loss The best health benefit of not eatingsalt is that it helps in cutting fat faster. Those who don't consume too muchof salt will lose weight drastically.
*More Energy Though it may sound strange, but not consumingsalt will actually help to make you feel more active and energetic. This isanother health benefit of not eating salt.
*Reduces Hypertension: The low intake or no intake of salthelps to keep your blood pressure intact. It also reduces the tension strain inyour body.
*Destroys Taste Buds: Over a period of time salt kills yourtaste buds. To avoid this, increase the intake of your fruits and vegetableswhich is much more healthier.
*Reduces Risk of Stroke: Salt is one of the main culprit ofstroke. Minimum salt in food maintains normal blood pressure.
*Keeps The Bones Healthy: Too much salt consumption destroyscalcium in bones. This can lead to osteoporosis, especially in senior citizens.Therefore it is advisable for older people to avoid salt entirely.
*Avoids Body Bloating: Many women experience body bloatingduring their monthly menstrual cycle. The reason - salt intake. One of thehealth benefits of not eating salt is it helps to not encourage bloating.
*Kidney Disorders: Excess salt consumption increases bloodpressure and leads to increased excretion of calcium by the kidneys thusforming stones.
Go a week without salt and you will know the wonders foryourself.1] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/doctors-iit-experts-demand-law-to-regulate-salt-content/articleshow/61168148.cms
By Madhuri Shukla Thaker