INTAKE OF SALT,THE ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT WHERE DO WE RESTRICT ?
One attachments give the content of salt and other nutrients in 35 Grams of Mixture .
Salt plays a vital role in the regulation of many bodily functions and is contained in body fluids that transport oxygen and nutrients. But salt levels have to be maintained in the Blood stream on one side to transport nutrients in the Blood and on the other side check the Blood Pressure to avoid Cardio Vascular complications later in life .
There is Salt loss in sweat during summer days and during intense physical activity for long time. Let us come to that type of requirement later.
As consumers of Salt we have to be aware where we are :
* With only home made food strictly ,
* With Home food as well as on and off eating out .
* With mostly or often eating out .
* Or often taking pre prepared preserved foods .
All of them offer different levels of Salt to our body. Particularly the pre prepared pre cooked foods will have the highest concentration of salt for preservation of food as well as for taste . [salt like alcohol is a good preservative – Salt is used widely to preserve fresh Fish and meat for months after drying in salt .] Besides this the reading of the Labels is absolutely essential to know how much Salt we consume when we buy a READY TO EAT , PRESERVED FOODS. Most of the products give the salt content as Sodium and not as Sodium Chloride , the common salt.
How much Sodium , the element permissible on a day for normal individual ?
Children :1 to 3 years – 2g salt a day (0.8g sodium) 4 to 6 years – 3g salt a day (1.2g sodium) 7 to 10 years – 5g salt a day (2g sodium) 11 years and over – 6g salt a day (2.4g sodium) Babies shouldn't eat much salt, because their kidneys are not fully developed to process it. Babies under 1 year old should have less than 1g of salt a day.
per day for a normal adult is 2.4 Grams or 2,400 Milligrams. . The same expressed as Sodium Chloride is 6 Grams or 6,000 Milligrams .
Eg: Canned Corned Beef Grams [One helping ]
5% Total Fat 3.1g.
7% Saturated Fat 1.3 Gram.
6% Cholesterol 18 milligram.
8% Sodium 188 milligram.
1% Potassium 29 milligram.
0% Total Carbohydrates 0g.
0% Dietary Fiber 0g.
The % age is amount contained in that of the Daily Value .
The second attachment is a very Popular All India Brand . The content of Salt and Fat is given in Just 35 Grams of the mixtures .
If you carefully read about the combination of more than one taste Sweetish , Saltish , or Fatty in the attachment you will understand why children run for that Brand and many other like that .
THE AMBIT OF THIS POST IS TO FOREWARN THE CONSUMER ABOUT THE SALT CONTENT WRITTEN AS SODIUM IN THE LABELS . SODIUM THE ELEMENT SHOWS A SMALLER VALUE AS COMPARED TO SODIUM CHLORIDE , THE COMMON SALT.
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I too remember Grand mothers mentioning quantities of salt in " Chittigai ". In English Pinch of Salt. more