The advice given by health professionals about high blood pressure often aims to help you adopt eating habits adapted to your needs: “Make sure you reduce your salt intake”, or “Beware of ready-made meals, they are often very fatty and salty”. Only sometimes, it is not so easy to navigate through these foods and apply these rules. Are we talking about salt or sodium? How do I recognize the quality of a product on the shelf? Here are some tips to make your life easier when you go food shopping.
Salt is considered a food, a condiment or an ingredient and is therefore added to dishes. Of marine origin, it is composed of about 40% sodium and 60% chloride.
Sodium, on the other hand, is a nutrient and belongs to the mineral family. Essential to our body, it must be provided by food because we do not produce it. Many foods contain it naturally, in varying amounts.
People with hypertension are advised to limit their salt intake. In absolute terms, this means monitoring sodium levels. However, with some products the amount of salt is indicated, and with others the amount of sodium.
> Our tip: to convert the amount of sodium into the amount of salt, simply multiply it by 2.54.
Example for 100g of chips
Amount of sodium
652 mg of sodium
Equivalent amount of salt
1.65 g of salt (=1656 mg)
652 x 2.54
> Worth knowing: the WHO recommends reducing salt intake to less than 5g per day in order to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
Food packaging contains a lot of information. To get an idea of the nutritional quality of a food product, we advise you to focus on 2 major criteria:
The products chosen are therefore important, but don’t forget that a quality diet is also based on balance, diversityand pleasure!