Six Facts to Know About the Intake of Salt in Our Daily Diet and Tips on How to Stay Safe in This Pandemic Period

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1. WHO Efforts on Health Awareness

While the efforts at every international level have been ongoing, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) working on spreading health awareness and hygiene on one side, pharmaceutical companies working on research on the other side, medical clinics taking care of COVID-19 affected patients and common people taking care of their families while staying home, it all comes down to one main point of discussion — having a healthy diet to prevent long-term illnesses, such as obesity and high blood pressure.

  • Iodized salt
  • Kosher salt
  • Sea salt
  • Low-sodium salt
  • Table salt
  • Himalayan pink salt

2. Salt Consumption

How much salt do you consume every day? Research and medical studies have shown that more than 2 grams per day and less than 3.5 grams (high sodium consumption) can cause high blood pressure.

3. Where is Salt Found in Our Food?

We add salt in our daily cooking and the amount we add is usually, as the saying goes, salt according to taste. In processed foods and ready-to-eat foods, the ratio of salt is as per the quantity and ingredients added to it. Sometimes, you may find it adequate. Additionally, there are saturated fats, sugars and trans fats.

4. WHO’s Recommendation to Reduce Salt

WHO recommends that adults can consume less than a teaspoon salt per day and for children aged 2–15 years, the recommended level is based on their energy needs. Furthermore, it is important to note that iodized salt is essential for healthy brain development.

5. Understanding Salt, Sodium and Potassium

Sodium is present in milk, meat and shellfish and it is also found in processed foods — bread, processed meat, snack foods, soy sauce, fish sauce etc.

6. Myths About Salt

Myth: A person requires more salt on hot and humid days when they sweat.
Truth: This is not true as there’s very little salt lost through sweat and there’s no need for extra salt in hot and humid climates. Simply drink a lot of water.

Final Thoughts

Continuous improvements in global health are always important and making a note to consume salt watchfully on a daily basis is a good practice. Initially, it may be a challenge to lower the salt levels or consume less salty snacks, but in the long term when you substitute salty snacks with healthier foods like fruits, nuts, legumes and grains, you will experience tremendous benefits in your physical health.

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