Eating more than 1 teaspoon of “salt” per day risks high blood pressure, kidney disease, and heart disease.

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Department of Medical Services by the Institute of Chest Diseases Be warned that consuming more than 2,400 milligrams of sodium or more than 1 teaspoon per day will cause an increase in the amount of water in the body, causing higher blood pressure, causing the kidneys and heart to work harder and may result in Long term causes heart disease. Stroke and kidney complications followed. Along with suggestions on how to reduce the amount of sodium in your daily life so that your heart and kidneys don’t have to work too hard.

Eating more than 1 teaspoon of "salt" per day risks high blood pressure, kidney disease, and heart disease.

No more than 1 teaspoon of sodium per day.

Dr. Somsak Akkasilp, Director-General of the Department of Medical Services, revealed that sodium is a component of salt, with 1 gram of salt containing approximately 400 milligrams of sodium. The body needs about 2,400 milligrams of sodium per day. 

Sodium is found in what foods?

  • Sodium salt or table salt
  • Condiments that give a salty taste such as fish sauce, soy sauce, light soy sauce,ทางเข้า ufabet, dark soy sauce, soybean paste, ketchup, etc. 
  • Pickled foods such as pickled vegetables, pickled fruits, salted eggs, fermented fish, salted fish, salted meat, etc. 
  • Crispy baked goods, MSG, contain a lot of hidden sodium salt.

Dangers of consuming more than 1 teaspoon of sodium per day

If you eat salty food that contains sodium salt. Or more than 6 grams of table salt per day, or more than 1 teaspoon or more, there is a risk of high blood pressure, which in the long run causes the heart muscle to thicken and increase the chance of heart failure. Coronary heart disease Cerebrovascular disease and kidney impairment

Dr. Anek Kanoksin, Director of the Institute of Chest Diseases, Department of Medical Services, added that Each day, you should not consume more sodium than your body needs. which if received a lot Causes a buildup of fluid in the body. As a result, the blood pressure will increase, causing the heart to work harder, and the pressure in the capillaries of the filtering units in the kidneys will increase, causing the kidneys to work harder. In addition, it will also cause increased edema. Therefore, having the body receive a sufficient amount of sodium, not too much, not too little, will have a beneficial effect on the function of regulating blood pressure, reducing the risk of developing complications that will follow. 

How to reduce sodium intake

  1. Avoid consuming spicy food. and fermented foods 
  2. Always taste food before adding seasonings.
  3. Choose to consume fresh food or food that has been minimally processed 
  4. Avoid ready-to-eat food. and snacks with large amounts of condiments 
  5. Reduce the frequency of consuming food that requires dipping sauces. and reduce the amount of sauce consumed
  6. Experiment with cooking using only half the amount of salt, fish sauce, and other seasonings specified in the recipe. If the taste isn’t really delicious Therefore gradually increase the amount of seasoning. 
  7. You should instill in your children the habit of eating bland food. Without adding salt, soy sauce, fish sauce, as well as seasoning sauces in children’s and infant food. 
  8. You should consume foods high in potassium, such as green leafy vegetables and fruits. It can help reduce blood pressure.