We don’t usually track our sodium intake, as the calculations can get tricky. Also, certain high-sodium foods may not come across as salty or savoury, hence flying under the radar.
However, with the latest National Population Health Survey findings showing a significant spike in the number of people with high blood pressure, from 24.2 per cent in 2017 to 35.5 per cent in 2019, it’s time to sit up and take a closer look at your sodium intake.
ICYDK, a high-sodium diet raises your risk for high blood pressure and heart disease, both of which are growing concerns in Singapore. Also important to know: High-sodium food isn’t restricted to soya sauce, instant noodles, chips and other salty-tasting food. That means you could be consuming other types of sodium-laden food and busting your daily sodium limit without realising.
Wait, there’s a sodium limit?
Refresher: The Health Promotion Board of Singapore recommends no more than 2,000mg (one teaspoon) of sodium a day. However, Jaclyn Reutens, a dietitian at Aptima Nutrition and Sports Consultants, suggests keeping your sodium intake below 1,500mg since we usually underestimate the amount we’re actually eating. For reference, one tablespoon (15ml) of regular soya sauce amounts to a whopping 1,000mg of sodium. Yes, you read that right.
“It’s not easy to track the amount of sodium in your diet as most foods come with pre-added salt,” Jaclyn says.
For a start, watch your intake of these high-sodium culprits that are hopefully, not a big part of your diet.