High Blood Pressure and Sodium Consumption
Extensive use of sodium can elevate the blood pressure which
causes extreme headaches and bloating. Salt is a perfect example when it comes to the high amounts
of sodium being ignored in different foods, which (salt) is used extensively in foods for flavoring
it. Ignoring a check on the amount of sodium consumed for a long time can cause hypertension.
Nowadays many food items are available in the markets that have lower content of sodium in them – a
response from the food industry to the sensitivity of some people towards sodium.
Soy sauce has very high sodium content; in
fact as high as 1160 mg per tablespoon, which is the 2/3 of the total sodium content, of 1500
mg, which people try to remain under. Thus this item is not possible to be ingested if a person
is sensitive to the sodium. Many Asian dishes require high amounts of soy sauce and thus are
unsuitable for people sensitive to sodium. Even low sodium-content soy sauce is harmful for such
Restriction of 1500 mg means that you have
very less things to eat. You have to divide this amount into three meals and if you plan to have
snacks in your diet plan, then do not eat snacks with sodium content of more than 300 to 400 mg
in total, so that 1100 is left for the three meals. This is because even if you consume
vegetables in meals, even they are high in sodium. On the other hand, story is the same with the
fruits as well.
Although pasta sauce is rich in valuable
nutrients and vegetables, it is so high in sodium that one serving of pasta sauce has half of
the total recommended amount of sodium to be consumed per day, which means ¼ cup of pasta sauce
has 750 mg of sodium. Note that we are talking about pasta sauce alone, not the pasta itself and
any side dishes, which means more sodium.
Take your time and carefully read the label
and see whether it contains high amounts of sodium per serving. If yes, then do not buy it. For
the sake of your health, spend some time reading the labels of the food items. Losing weight and
reducing sodium consumption to under 1500 mg per day will dramatically reduce your blood