New Delhi: Salt and sugar are important ingredients for your body. Salt is salt. Salt balances body fluids and acids. Salt regulates the balance of nerve impulses, muscle contraction. Sugar is toxic. Sugar provides energy for your daily activities. However, excessive consumption of salt and sugar can have serious health consequences. That’s why they should be consumed in moderation, dieticians say.
Many people have no idea how much salt and sugar we consume in processed foods and food preservatives. The World Health Organization recommends that adults consume just one teaspoon (less than five grams) of salt. Children between the ages of 2 and 15 are advised to consume as much salt as they need for energy, and less than adults. Eat enough sugar to provide 5 to 10 percent of the calories your body needs. Salt is a staple of instant foods, noodles, cheese, wafers, processed meats, pickles, jams, jellies, sauces. Also, soft drinks, sauces, smoothies, fruit juices, sweets, some snacks, sugar enters the body. Dieticians suggest some measures to avoid excessive intake of salt and sugar. Here’s how: Salt at the table should not be added to food in restaurants. When buying food, please read the information carefully and think carefully. Limit your intake of salty snacks. Focus on eating home cooked food. Make significant restrictions on the consumption of instant or prepared foods. Avoid processed foods and preservatives as much as possible. Avoid adding sugar to food or drinks. Eat fruit to meet your sugar needs. Avoid processed white sugar if possible and use cashews, raisins, figs, organic brown sugar, honey, etc. Eat small meals at regular intervals throughout the day to avoid the temptation of sugar. Dietitians should also be consulted once these dietary changes are made, since the individual is in such a healthy state, experts suggest.