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Mar 18, 2008

Role of salt in diet

Salt is normally used in the diet to make it more palatable by enhancing its taste. There are two main sources of salt:

· Vegetables and fruits and
· Seawater. Salts from the vegetables and fruits are in the organic form and is therefore more easily accepted and used by the body. Salt from the seawater is inorganic and is therefore not used by the body effectively.

Blood can retain salt only in the organic forms, especially through foods such as onions, carrots, etc. The inorganic salt obtained from the seawater cannot undergo the process of digestion. As a result, it needs to be eliminated from the body. This is why people who consume more inorganic salt tend to sweat more in summers. Excess salt is removed from the body through sweat. Sometimes the salt deposits on the skin surface, especially in areas where there is more sweating.

Salt in the inorganic form is restricted in some conditions such as kidney disorders, blood pressure and obesity. You can however consume organic salt through increased intake of vegetables. About half a teaspoon of salt is recommended for an adult per day.

It is important to remember that processed foods contain large amount of salt. Some chemicals that are used to enhance flavours also contain small quantities of salt. These include mono-sodium glutamate, baking powder (sodium bicarbonate), sodium cyclamate, sodium saccharin (artificial sweetener) sodium nitrate and sodium benzoate (a preservative.)


· Start restricting salt in the childhood itself. It is difficult to cultivate for low-salt foods later in the life.
· Do not add extra salt to the cooked food.
· Gradually reduce salt content in the cooked food. This will help your taste sensation to get adjusted to lower salt intake.
· Use lime juice, herbs or spices in moderation as a substitute for salt.

However, avoid excessive intake of spices.

· Avoid foods that contain more salt such as potato chips, processed cheese, salted nuts, pickle, sauces, ketchups, etc.

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Anonymous said...

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Thanks for sharing


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