Preventive advice worth its salt

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 May, 2006, 12:00am


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.