I came across this information on the internet. Brazil has issued new dietary guidelines to its citizens. I’m writing about it in India because the guidelines can apply to our population as well –
The ten Brazilian guidelines:
Last Saturday, Food Lovers magazine had invited me to speak on Nutrition & Health as a part of their Food Fiesta celebration at 1 MG Mall. One of the questions raised by the audience was “Is salt necessary for the body? What if we don’t take salt at all?”
Salt (rather, sodium) is needed for the body. Sodium is required to maintain the fluid balance and to transmit nerve impulses. Salt being the best source of dietary sodium, it is required in small amounts on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the average daily intake of salt by an Indian far exceeds the limit set by nutrition experts. Last year, WHO issued guidelines for sodium intake even for children. This indicates that most people are eating more salt than necessary, and by reducing the intake of salt we can reduce the risk of cardiac related health problems.
Sodium is not only added to cooked foods in the form of salt at home but is also present in processed foods. Here are a few tips to cut back on sodium / salt intake –
Today is World Health Day, and this year’s theme is High Blood Pressure. High blood pressure also known as hypertension increases the risks of heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. However, hypertension is preventable and treatable.
On the occasion of this year’s World Health Day, The Times of India, Bangalore, carried my article yesterday (April 06, 2013) in their wellness section. I’ve published the same article here for the blog readers –
Diet Helps Maintain Normal Blood Pressure
It’s a given that high blood pressure and diet are linked. What and how much you eat can increase the risk of high blood pressure, and at the same time can also help to control your blood pressure.
Increased intake of sodium, calories, saturated fat and alcohol, along with other factors like heredity, smoking, stress and sedentary lifestyle accelerate your risk of high blood pressure.
Dietary changes to control your blood pressure
Steps to prevent or control blood pressure
One cannot imagine eating our daily food without salt. However, we tend to overeat salt without realising it. In excess, salt can not only increase blood pressure but also leach out calcium from the body.
HUL (Hindustan Unilever Limited) has recently brought out a user-friendly online salt calculator which can be accessed and used for free. Find out your salt intake at http://salttest.hul.co.in/
Let us know how useful this tool is for you and your family.