Excess salt can precipitate hypertension (high blood pressure) which is a risk factor for heart diseases. Blood pressure can be controlled effectively by reducing the salt intake. The recommended salt intake for a healthy adult is around 3 gms or half teaspoon/day. If a person is already suffering from hypertension, then this recommended quantity needs to be revised in consultation with a doctor.
Such individuals should try to avoid food preparations such as pickles, chutneys, sauces, ketchups, papad, chips, wafers, salted biscuits, namkeens, savoury snacks, processed cheese, salted butter, canned vegetables, readymade instant soup powders and dried salted fish.