"Add salt to taste": when to say no

Eating too much salt is one of the main causes of arterial hypertension. You need less than 5 grams a day, but you may be unwittingly consuming much more, increasing the risk of high blood pressure. But don't be alarmed: gradually reducing the salt in your diet will make you healthy and help you to enjoy the true flavour of food.

Reducing salt is good for your blood pressure

Lo sai che il sale fa male? Per esempio alza la pressione arteriosa e aumeDid you know salt is bad for you? For example, it increases your blood pressure and the risk of hypertension. Reduce it by half, and your body will breathe a sigh of relief. Bear in mind that you need less than 5 grams a day, but on average you consume 10. What are you waiting for? It's time to cut back!

Replace kitchen salt with the iodized version

First of all, start to gradually reduce the salt you use, both as a condiment and in cooking. If you don't manage to do this at first, at least switch to iodized salt, which contains iodine, a mineral that's essential to your health.

Check the percentage of salt in the food you eat

The second step in reducing the salt in your daily diet should occur with your shopping list in the supermarket, long before you sit down at the table. Bear in mind that 54% of the salt you use comes from pre-prepared food. You can find out how much salt a product contains by reading the label carefully: the "sodium" content is the amount of salt. 2 grammes of sodium is equivalent to about 5 grammes of salt.

Use spices instead of salt

Try to eliminate salt as a condiment from your diet. At first the food may seem insipid, but it only takes a week to get used to. Experiment with spices instead of salt, and avoid sauces and stock, which have a high salt content.

Bread and salami? Your blood pressure says no!

When you sit down for a meal, there's usually bread on the table, right? Well, you should know that bread is one of the main sources of salt. Unlike other products with a high salt content, such as cheese and sausages, bread is on the menu every day. As a result, it becomes a risk factor for hypertension. If you can't manage without it, we do recommend buying the salt-free variety.

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