On an ordinary day, its not unusual for a Filipino to eat salted dried fish for breakfast, then a cup of instant noodles for the midday snack. This is a lot of salt–not even counting the intake for lunch, merienda and dinner.  At the end of the day, the average Filipino’s salt intake will have gone beyond the recommended daily allowance of 2000 to 2300 milligrams which is roughly equivalent to 1 teaspoon of salt.

The dangers of too much salt
People suffering from hypertension or high blood pressure must reduce their salt intake to avoid disabling complications like enlargement, stroke and heart attack. recently its been noted that the problem may actually lie in the foods cooked in restaurants and in the processed foods we buy from the supermarkets.

Easy steps
If you’re not sure how to control your salt intake, try to follow these simple tips.  Just a little change can help you prevent hypertension, lower blood pressure, and go a long way towards a healthier heart!
1.  Eat more fruits and vegetables because these contains less salt than any other food on your table.
2.  Substitute lemon, herbs or spices for salt.  Your meals will not be healthier but will also have added flavor.
3.  Limit your salt intake to 1/2 to 3/4 of a teaspoon per day. This should include the salt used in cooking and in condiments and dipping sauces.
4.  Decrease your salt gradually.  It will take four to six weeks before your taste buds adjust to less salt in your diet.
5. Use your common sense! Stay away from chips and processed foods–these junk foods are loaded with salt.
6.  If you like processed canned foods, read the labels.  You’ll see that they’re loaded with sodium.