Noo­dles can make for an easy din­ner, but you’ll be sur­prised at the hid­den salt. We com­pare pop­u­lar brands

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Whether boost­ing sim­ple stir-fries or bol­ster­ing hearty soups, noo­dles are a de­li­cious and in­ex­pen­sive pantry sta­ple. Some, how­ever, are packed with more than half of your daily salt limit. Eat­ing too much salt sends your blood pres­sure soar­ing and ramps up your risk of a stroke or heart dis­ease.

Most of us should aim to keep our daily sodium in­take be­low 2000mg — and just a few tweaks can help you do this. 1 CHECK THE LA­BEL Don’t just grab any noo­dles off the shelf. Skip those in­stant va­ri­eties which come paired with a salt-bomb flavour sa­chet — stick to rice noo­dles, or fresh or dried egg, buck­wheat or wheat-based noo­dles. Re­mem­ber to read the la­bel and pick a packet with less than 120mg sodium per 100g. 2 PRE­PARE WISELY Did you know that rins­ing dried noo­dles thor­oughly once cooked can sig­nif­i­cantly lower their salt con­tent? If you choose in­stant noo­dles, ditch the flavour sa­chet to re­move up to half your rec­om­mended daily salt in­take. The good news is low-salt meals don’t have to be bor­ing. In­stead, ex­per­i­ment with a va­ri­ety of herbs and spices that will help you boost flavour! 3 WATCH YOUR POR­TIONS A big bowl of noo­dles in a salty broth will leave you hun­gry not long af­ter. In­stead, turn a packet of noo­dles into a fast and sat­is­fy­ing bal­anced meal. Start with ½–1 cup of cooked noo­dles per per­son then add plenty of stir-fried veg­eta­bles (at least 1 cup per per­son), plus lean pro­tein, such as chicken, beef, seafood or tofu.

Throw away the salt-bomb flavour sa­chet!

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