Preventive advice worth its salt
Drugs and lifestyle changes are the key for hypertension treatment, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the United States. It recommends increasing activity, such as a 30-minute walk each day, and a diet packed with fruit, vegetables and low-fat dairy foods. Cutting down on salt and alcohol is also beneficial.
Dietitian Sylvia Lam See-way's advice for reducing sodium intake is to cut down on canned food, microwave meals, heavy sauces, and anything that's cured - such as ham or bacon.
To spice up a dish, try a low-fat vinaigrette, or a sodium substitute such as a low-sodium salt. 'But don't use it without limits ... it still has sodium.'
When you eat out, go for something simple such as noodles and soup, a sandwich or pasta. Dishes such as dim sum and fried rice are higher in sodium and may contain MSG.