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How salt smart are you?

If you thought these food items were salt-free, the sodium content in them will shock you.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 20, 2012 17:00 IST
Debasmita Ghosh
Debasmita Ghosh
Hindustan Times

How do you kill untimely hunger pangs? Do you opt for a doughnut or a chocolate shake over potato chips or salted nuts, to keep your sodium intake under control? Well, what you probably don’t know is that while potato chips (about 15 wafers) contain 149 mg sodium, the doughnut or the chocolate shake contains almost the double of that! “The World Health Organisation recommends consuming 2,300 mg of sodium a day, but an average Indian has almost double.

It’s not the amount of salt which we add in our cooking that leads to such high intake, it’s the hidden source of sodium that is present in processed foods, which is more of a concern,” says Dr Ritika Samaddar, head dietician, Max Hospital.

Therefore, if you are on a low-sodium diet, or even otherwise, always read labels to check the sodium content of what you are going to eat. Avoid foods with more than 200 mg — 250 mg of sodium per serving.

First Published: Jul 20, 2012 13:37 IST