When it comes to dietary sodium, less is certainly the best. Yet we, Bangladeshis, consume 50 per cent more than the recommended daily quantities of sodium, according to a study. Diets high in sodium increase blood pressure levels. High blood pressure damages the kidneys over time, and is a leading cause of kidney failure. High blood pressure can also raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
The good news is that cutting down on sodium can help lower your blood pressure or keep it at a healthy level. To eat less sodium, you do not have to make lots of changes at once. Just avoid adding salt while having bhat (rice) as lunch or dinner.
Abu Elias Linkon,
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