In our country, the addition of iodine to table salt has been made compulsory since 1994. Consumption of iodized table salt is an important part of our diet. Iodine deficiency in children has a significant impact on the development of intelligence. In the world, at least 30 million children have a lack of intelligence development, which is seen with insufficient iodine intake.
We add salt without tasting the food
The proportion of people who add salt before or while eating in Turkey was found to be 28.1%; ie 1 out of 3 people. This amount of consumption is well above what it should be. Unfortunately, many people in our country have the habit of adding salt without tasting the food. In order to get rid of this habit, I think that the consumption of spices should increase. Let’s add spices instead of salt.
Our daily salt intake should not exceed 1 teaspoon.
In 2017, Turkey Household Health Survey Risk Factors of Non-Communicable Diseases reported that salt consumption in Turkey was approximately 10 g. The World Health Organization aims to reduce salt consumption to 5 g or less in the world by 2025. In other words, we should halve the amount of salt we consume.
Excess sodium taken with salt also harms the heart.
Sodium taken with salt should also be limited to a certain amount. We get approximately 5 g of salt and 2 g of sodium. The World Health Organization defines sodium intake of 3.5 g and above as risky for cardiovascular diseases. About 3 million people in the world die each year from high sodium intake. z. Keeping the amount of sodium and salt in balance is very important and should be emphasized in terms of protecting our health.
Beware of “invisible salt”
We unknowingly get too much sodium from many foods! We get a significant portion of our daily sodium intake from bread, various breakfast cereals, processed meats, cereals, milk and dairy products. Even with a small amount of packaged food or processed products consumed during the day, we can reach the amount of sodium we need to consume daily. We call them “invisible salt”.