HOW MUCH SALT IS IN THOSE NOODLES?
Noodles can make for an easy dinner, but you’ll be surprised at the hidden salt. We compare popular brands
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!