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(May 13, 2008)

Benefits of Low Sodium Diet

A low sodium diet helps in decreasing the intake of salt or sodium in the diet. About 2,400 milligrams of sodium is recommended on a daily basis. This is the same as a teaspoon of salt per day. The low sodium diet is put in action in the DASH diet, which aids in decreasing hypertension. The levels of sodium allowance ranges from 1500 mg to 2400 milligrams.

Sodium is not only decreased by reducing salt. It is seen in indirect forms in quite a few foods namely processed foods, tinned or canned fruits and vegetables.

Ready-to-eat breakfast cereals with reduced sodium are used. Canned foods, like tuna and other fishes are rinsed with water to remove the excess sodium. Smoked, cured and processed poultry intake is limited. Reduce the salt added in the table. Instant foods, like cereals, pasta and so on are avoided, as they possess added salt. Sauces and mixes or powders of flavoured rice have the extra salt in them. A low sodium diet is recommended in case of individuals suffering from high blood pressure, oedema or congestive heart failure. Salt with 'low' sodium is preferred. Read the food labels prior to any purchase of food products. Spices and herbs are recommended instead of salt.
Submitted by E L on May 13, 2008 at 04:04


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