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Salt is “precious like medicine”, in our country it is both cheap and abundant, but few people buy it

Salt is an indispensable spice in the Vietnamese kitchen. It both has the role of seasoning dishes, and shows the long-standing culinary culture of Vietnamese people that always love rich dishes.

In fact, salt is not only added to food during cooking, but also used to season food. That has unintentionally caused Vietnamese people to consume too much salt.

According to statistics, each adult in Vietnam consumes up to 9.4g of salt/day, nearly 2 times higher than the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Excess salt intake is a major risk factor for high blood pressure, cerebrovascular accident, myocardial infarction and increases the risk of many other cardiovascular diseases. Illustration.

Meanwhile, eating too much salt is a major risk factor for hypertension, cerebrovascular accident, myocardial infarction, in addition to increasing the risk of stomach cancer, kidney failure, osteoporosis, and other health problems. other disorders for health. Therefore, the demand for spices that are healthier than salt is very high.

Few people know that in our country there is a safer salt that can be used to replace ordinary table salt, which is pale sea salt.

MSc Duong Quoc Phong (Thong Nhat Hospital, lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City) said: Light sea salt is a natural sea salt with a sodium (or sodium) content reduced from 20-30 % compared to normal table salt. However, it still has a salty taste because it has been replaced by other ingredients such as calcium, magnesium, especially potassium.

Pale sea salt replacing sodium with potassium offers many benefits. Increase your intake of potassium, a micronutrient that most people in many countries don’t get enough of, which helps lower blood pressure and improve heart health. Studies also show that low-sodium salt substitutes help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

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People produce salt by traditional sand drying method in Bach Long commune (Giao Thuy, Nam Dinh). Photo: Nam Dinh electronic newspaper.

In our country, there are two famous localities in the world for producing light salt, namely Nam Dinh and Da Nang. There, salt is still produced manually, so the salt grains are preserved with all the minerals, high quality, popular in many countries.

Light salt products are not only consumed domestically but also exported to Japan, Korea, and the EU. However, in Vietnam, the price of pale sea salt is still cheap and even very few people buy it, many housewives still prefer to buy iodized salt for daily cooking.

Although pale sea salt has many benefits, because pale sea salt replaces sodium with potassium, people on a potassium-restricted diet (such as those on dialysis) need to avoid these salts lest they increase potassium. blood, causing symptoms such as a weak pulse, slow heart rate, or muscle weakness, and possibly sudden death.

Besides, although the sodium content in light sea salt has decreased compared to before, the use of pale sea salt is the same as that of normal table salt, which is used in control. The best is still in the range of 5 grams / day (according to WHO recommendations).

To reduce your salt intake, you can follow a few guidelines:

– Reduce the amount of salt when cooking: Do not season with too much salt, the processor should taste the food before adding salt. Try to reduce the amount of salt when seasoning food, gradually change the habit of eating salty.

– Limit the display of dipping sauces on the table: Ideally, you should not put a lot of sauce on the table, or if you do, add sour and spicy spices to change the taste or dilute the sauce. In addition, do not dip food deeply into seasoning, especially fish sauce. We also should not eat fruits with salt, limit eating fruits with salt, fish sauce … You should also not dip foods that have been marinated, salty.

– Reduce processed foods, increase fresh foods: We give priority to choose fresh foods and limit eating processed foods such as spring rolls, instant noodles, pickles, salted eggplant, pork feet, Bim bim… because in these types there is a lot of salt. When buying processed foods, you need to read labels before choosing, especially foods high in salt.

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