In carbonated up to 11 times more salt than in ordinary water
Sparkling mineral water is often seen as a healthier alternative to sugary soft drinks, but according to research scientists from the UK it has an average of up to 11 times more salt than ordinary tap water, the Daily Mail reports. Experts have analyzed the mineral water a dozen different manufacturers that consumers usually buy, and the results showed that they contain up to 11 times more salt than plain water. The amount of salt in carbonated mineral water varies greatly depending on the brand, but it is less saltier quenches thirst - which is why the more we want to drink.
Drinking a liter or more of sparkling water every day can significantly contribute to the daily intake of the salt which can cause health problems. Too much salt can cause kidney problems, raise blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease or stroke. The recommended daily intake of salt for adults is 6 grams, or 1 and a half teaspoons. For children under 1 year of age is one gram, 1-3 years 2 grams, 4-7 years and 3 grams of 7-10 years 5 grams.
Sodium content is listed in the Nutrition Facts on each product.
- People don't look at what is written on the labels of carbonated water but don't even know that it could help to improve their daily salt intake. The higher the salt intake, the greater the risk of high blood pressure - the main cause of heart disease and stroke - concluded nutritionist Sonia Pombo.
Sodium is found in all foods and the largest amounts of consumption of finished and semi-finished food (meat and fish products, bread, cereals, cheeses, canned vegetables, salty snacks, cookies, etc.) and the Consumption of fast food (fast food). Reducing salt intake can be achieved by a proper selection of foods, information on the content of sodium by reading the declaration on food and avoiding food with added salt preparation and consumption.
How to reduce your salt intake?
Fresh food such as fruit, vegetables, meat, milk and yogurt contains little sodium, while most manufactured foods contain more sodium. Choose foods with less salt, low salt, no added salt and unsalted food.
Limit the consumption of foods that containing more salt:
Dryed meat products meats such as bacon, ham, beef and sausage
Canned and packaged soups often contain too much salt - one cup of instant chicken soup may contain from 800 to more than 1,600 mg of sodium.
Tomato juice and canned tomatoes - in some cans may be more than 600 mg of sodium.
Sauces and dressings for salads - just one tablespoon of ketchup has 167 mg of sodium, or seven percent of the recommended daily intake. And people tend to eat more. An equal quantity of mustard contains about 150 mg sodium.
Canned vegetables - one cup of vegetables can contain 240 to 800 mg of sodium. Instead of canned one, buy fresh or at least frozen vegetables.
Meat pâté, bread and some cereals - a slice of bread can contain from 100 to more than 200 mg of sodium. The US Centers for Disease Control CDC found that we receive more than seven percent of the daily salt intake through bread. Also sweet pastries contain a lot of salt, 180 to 250 mg.
Hard cheeses, snacks, fast food
Instead of salt, use herbs and spices such as garlic, rosemary, marjoram, oregano and lemon juice to improve the taste of food.
Th health effects of the reduction of salt in food:
Reducing salt in food has a number of positive health effects:
increases the effectiveness of medicaments for high blood pressure,
reducing side effects of said medicaments,
increases the efficiency of the kidneys,
contributes to the recovery of the heart muscle,
reduces the likelihood of kidney stones,
reduces the risk of osteoporosis, and
reduces the risk of stomach cancer.
Numerous scientific studies have confirmed that reducing salt intake to 6 grams a day reduces the incidence of death from a stroke and heart attack.