Osteoporosis

24 January 2008

Weekly tip – Too much salt bad for your bones

Too much salt can also raise blood pressure. So, what can you do to cut the amount of salt in your diet?

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A high salt intake may decrease the amount of calcium taken up by the bones and can, therefore, increased your risk of bone loss. Too much salt can also raise blood pressure. So, what can you do to cut the amount of salt in your diet?

Take action:
Cut back on cured meat, bacon, sausage, tongue and salt pork – rather opt for chicken or lean cuts of meat; opt for fresh or frozen fish instead of canned fish; avoid smoked fish; replace pre-produced stock cubes with home-made stock and gravies (monitor the amount of salt you add); cut back on crisps, pretzels, and crackers; eat only unsalted nuts; rinse pickles to get rid of excess salt and also try to use these foods merely as a treat; check commercial salad dressing labels for salt content and go for reduced-salt varieties; get into the habit of checking the labels of ready-made meats.

Read more: Top 10 foods with hidden salt

 

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Tereza is the CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and worked as a Nursing Sister in the field of Osteoporosis for 18 years prior to her appointment with the Foundation. She used to be the Educational Officer for the Foundation and co-wrote the patient brochure on Osteoporosis. Read more

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