Research shows that the salt intake in South African diets is high - up to eight times the recommended daily allowance of five grams.
This increases the risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease.
Spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics, Nicole Jennings says consumers should pay more attention to food labelling, especially the amount of sodium indicated to cut their salt intake.
Sodium is actually a word for salt and is often used to indicate the amount of salt on the ingredient list of different products and also does impact on the blood pressure of individuals.— Nicole Jennings, Spokesperson - Pharma Dynamics
Jennings points out that a lot of commonly used processed foods contain more salt than we realise.
Some of the types of foods that South Africans consume on a daily basis that do contain more salt than people realise are for example your breakfast cereals. Many of these are marketed as healthy but when you look at the ingredients list you'll find that salt and sugar are often times some of the main ingredients.— Nicole Jennings, Spokesperson - Pharma Dynamics
Also be careful of anything that's powdered - for example your powdered stocks or powdered soups. These often have a low nutrient content because they need to be reconstituted during the cooking process and also a lot of salt, a lot of artificial flavourants used there.— Nicole Jennings, Spokesperson - Pharma Dynamics
Jennings says cooking your food at home from scratch is still the simplest option.
Opt for herbs and other flavour agents like garlic, fresh basil, thyme, chilli, ginger... All of these wonderful herbs have their own associated health properties and can usually can usually add a beautiful depth of flavour to the meals without necessarily having to add your salt and salty spices.— Nicole Jennings, Spokesperson - Pharma Dynamics
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