How would you react if someone told you that excess salt or sugar in your diet is very harmful to your health? Your first reaction will probably be, “I am already aware of that.” And you might also believe that you have your salt and sugar intake completely under control. But in reality, most of us do not.
Did you know that your body needs less than one gram of sodium a day? And your body gets this required amount through just half a teaspoon of salt. But almost all of us today are simply unable to consume most forms of food without adding salt to it, which is why we end up consuming nearly three to four times more sodium than what we should be.
As for the sugar, most of us end up consuming more than two times the recommended amount every day and therefore increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and depression as well.
The best thing to do to avoid excess salt and sugar is to keep in mind the basic facts about your diet. How much salt or sugar your diet delivers and how to avoid the excess.
Some of the most common food items you should avoid include chips, cakes, sweetened and aerated beverages and excess tea or coffee. But this is not the end of the list. Ensure you read the labels of every product you buy at the supermarket and look for the calories and salt and sugar content. Quite often, we tend to miss out on these numbers and add to our sugar and salt intake without even realizing it. Food items like breads, sandwiches, breakfast cereals, tuna fish, flavoured yogurt can contain more hidden salt and sugar than you might think, making it even more important that you read the labels for more than just the price.
Working out every day is another way to burn off some of the excess calories that you may consume. Another way to control your salt and sugar intake would be to try out new recipes that do not require much of salt or sugar.
We all know very well why it is so important to keep our salt and sugar intake under control. Excess salt or sugar may not lead to immediate harm, but cause some serious problems to your health including cardiac complications in the future.
One simple advice for a healthy 2013; Eat well, eat smart.
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