10 December 2010

PANSALT®, NOW Available at U.E.R.M

PANSALT®, the low-sodium salt from Finland, is now available to the patients of U.E.R.M. Memorial Medical Center!

05 November 2010

09 October 2010

A Healthier Salt Alternative For Our Favorite Dishes

by Toni Tiu

Having a warm bowl of soup on a rainy day is always comforting. One of my favorite comfort foods is miswa noodle soup. I like my miswa with patola (sponge gourd), but recently our family has been enjoying the noodles with kalabasa (squash). It’s a simple dish that’s big on comfort and vitamin A.

I recently wrote about PANSALT® , a healthier salt alternative. PANSALT® looks like common salt, has the texture of common salt and tastes like common salt. It is however lower in sodium and rich in magnesium, potassium and iodine. We tried it on this comfort dish to see if it would yield the same flavor. The verdict? Our miswa soup with kalabasa was just as delicious.

In my head it was even more delicious because we had seasoned it in a healthier way.

Miswa Soup with Kalabasa (Squash)
 2 bunches of miswa noodles
3 slices of squash, roughly chopped (around 2 cups)
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
5 cups water(or less, depends on how thick you want your soup to be)
¼ kilo ground pork (you can omit this for a vegetarian option)
1 tbsp oil
PANSALT® to taste
pepper to taste

Heat oil. Saute onions and garlic until translucent. Stir in ground pork and cook till almost brown. Add water and bring to a boil. Add squash and cook until tender. Add miswa noodles, stirring constantly so the strands separate. Season with pepper and PANSALT® to taste. Serve hot. 

We also tried
PANSALT® on fried fish, a good companion to this light yet filling soup.
Instead of rock salt, the tilapia was seasoned with PANSALT® prior to frying. Upon tasting the fried fish, I was happy to learn that it was just as appetizing.    

Why are we so conscious about our seasoning? I recently shared that my husband and I are trying to be more proactive in having healthy lifestyles. High common salt intake usually results to hypertension and other health problems. My friends and relatives who have hypertension take maintenance drugs that are expensive, and they have to drink the medicine for life. Their experiences are part of the motivation my husband and I want to live more healthily. We have become more aware of how we eat, and this definitely includes how we season our food. Investing in good ingredients that promote a healthy lifestyle is worth it.

Learning about a healthier salt alternative appealed to us, and we were excited to give it a whirl. After trying PANSALT® on some of our favorite everyday dishes, it looks like we have got a new mainstay in the kitchen pantry.

PANSALT® is a product of Finland, so I am glad that it’s available locally. It is available in selected outlets of Mercury Drug, Landmark supermarkets, Rustan’s supermarket and many other major supermarkets. 

Here’s to healthier meals with healthier seasonings! 

Learn more about PANSALT® from their website: http://www.pansalt.ph.  

07 October 2010

Finding A Healthier Salt Alternative

by Toni Tiu

My husband and I have been on a healthy eating kick lately. We are trying to be healthier parents for our toddler. Today it’s about catching up with the baby as he learns to walk, and tomorrow it’s about staying strong for him even in our old age.

Our last physical check-up yielded normal results, but we knew we could still live healthier. A big chunk of living healthy is eating healthy. Given that, my husband and I have cut soft drinks out of our diet. While I’m cutting down on my rice intake, my husband is now a salad convert. We’ve said our goodbyes to table liquid seasoning. I thought we would find the transition difficult, but I’m pleasantly surprised we’ve been quite successful at it. Neither one of us is cranky too.

I think it helps a lot that there are a lot of healthier options in the market now. Before, diets meant cardboard-tasting crackers and bland-tasting slimming drinks. Now, you can savor good food without the guilt. I believe a lot of it comes with good planning and carefully assessing your ingredients. Eating healthy does take more effort but it goes without saying that it sure pays off better.

PANSALT®, a healthier salt alternative, was something we were both interested in upon learning about it from a friend. We still love big flavors in our food, but we were pretty concerned about the dishes’ salt content. We read up on PANSALT® and learned that it’s a low-sodium mineral salt with iodine, magnesium and potassium. It’s a product of Finland, but distributed locally too. Excited about this healthier salt, we bought a box from Mercury Drug. Initially we thought it was pricey, but we decided to treat it as an investment in good health.

One favorite treat of ours is a bowl of diced pineapples sprinkled with salt. We did the same drill with PANSALT®,  dusting the fruit with the same amount of  PANSALT® as we would have with regular salt. To my relief, it tasted just like regular salt with no metallic or bitter aftertaste. Surprisingly, it had the same bold flavor of regular salt. Needless to say, my husband and I were excited that we could still enjoy our flavorful dishes with a healthier salt alternative which contains only 56-57% Sodium Chloride.

I love it when I find a product that’s a great fit with my family’s lifestyle. My husband and I are looking forward to trying PANSALT® on our favorite dishes. Right now I’m thankful that we have a healthier salt option and that we can enjoy our favorite savory dishes with less guilt!

Learn more about PANSALT® from their website: http://www.pansalt.ph.

06 October 2010

Salt Also Drives Obesity

Obesity and diabetes are two tightly interlinked conditions that almost always cannot exist without each other. Weight and fat gain, a high-salt and –sugar diet, and a sluggish lifestyle could all conspire to raise the levels of blood glucose and blood fat. Such conditions in turn raise health risks that, if untreated, could lead to more serious physical problems, among them type-2 diabetes.

Health-indicator statistics of the Department of Health rank diabetes as the ninth-leading cause of death in the Philippines, affecting 1 out of 25 Filipinos. Some 3.36 million Filipinos are estimated to be afflicted with diabetes, which is a chronic disease characterized by high blood-sugar levels resulting from defects in the body’s ability to use and produce insulin. 

While the link between obesity and diabetes has long been established, recent findings have traced the relationship between salt intake and obesity. In a recently published report in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, scientists from Finland claimed that the increased intake of salt has apparently played an important role in the increased consumption of soft drinks, and therefore in the increase of energy intake.

Dr. Heikki Karppanen of the University of Helsinki and Dr. Eero Mervaala of the University of Kuopio wrote, “Higher consumption of sweetened beverages was associated with both a greater magnitude of weight gain and an increased risk for development of type-2 diabetes.”

The groundbreaking research also noted the worldwide trend in the increase of age-adjusted blood pressure since the late 1980s. This increase, wrote the authors, “appears to coincide with the turn of the sales of food-grade salt from a decreasing trend to a rapid increase in the later 1980s and in the 1990s.” The study adds that increasing intakes of sodium found in common salt necessarily produce a progressive increase in thirst; and between 1997 and 2001, the energy intake from soft drinks also increased by 135 percent, adding about 278 kcal to the average person’s daily energy intake.  

Common salt contains only sodium chloride, which is known to be the most significant cause of high blood pressure. Even a small rise in blood pressure increases the risk for coronary and other serious cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks, strokes or heart failure. It is a medical fact that the human body needs only very small amounts of both sodium and chloride.

The Finnish research drives home the relationship between salt and calorie intake that could lead to obesity and other health problems. But while people cannot live without these flavors, their consumption could be moderated to healthier levels. There are also healthier options now widely available, so while it’s not yet too late to switch to more health-conscious ways, it would be wise to explore healthy forms of sugar and salt.

Where to start after one has identified that sodium is the hidden enemy in common salt? So-called salt-free seasoning blends are a mixture of flavorful dried herbs and spices that don’t contain sodium chloride. Salt substitutes, on the other hand, replace some or all of the sodium in salt with other minerals such as potassium or magnesium. Potassium chloride is a common salt substitute. But salt substitutes, or some low-sodium salts, often taste bitter and aren’t recommended for people on a potassium-restricted diet.

Fortunately in the Philippines, there’s no need to go out further in search of healthy salt. PANSALTâ, the good-tasting, low-sodium salt has been enjoying brisk sales in Metro Manila.  Imported from Finland and distributed exclusively by Accord International, Inc., PANSALTâ is the healthy mineral salt with Iodine that contains only 56-57% sodium, and is the product of extensive research by Finnish health experts. PANSALTâ is likewise rich in the essential minerals Magnesium and Potassium, both of which help get rid of harmful sodium in the body. PANSALTâ has further been found to remarkably improve the therapeutic effects of treatment drugs for hypertension. In addition, its component Magnesium plays a vital role in the secretion and function of insulin, making it very beneficial for those suffering from diabetes and its complications.   

PANSALTâ is virtually devoid of the harmful effects characteristic of common salt and has the best taste profile among all the healthy salt options and alternatives in the market today. So if you watch your diet to avoid or manage hypertension, diabetes or obesity, or if you simply wish to maintain a healthy lifestyle, PANSALTâ is the tastier, healthier choice.

Imported by Accord International, Inc., PANSALTâ is now available in major supermarkets nationwide & in select Mercury Drugstores.

For more information, visit www.pansalt.ph or call (632) 531-4881.

23 September 2010

Watch Out for Hidden Salt

          With Christmas virtually here , there’s no saying no to food once the season’s parties come rolling in. And holiday foods being what they are—rich, richer, and richest—the yearly binge could give rise to a number of health problems like hyperacidity, or exacerbate certain conditions like hypertension.

            While it is admittedly hard to monitor one’s salt intake—which, according to medical experts should not exceed 5 g a day—it would be wise to be aware of where salt lies hidden in our everyday food. Knowing these tips would also help revelers steer their way to safer choices at the holiday buffet.

            According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) many Filipinos eat more salt and sodium than required. Moreover, the Filipino diet already contains about 2000mg of salt inherent in foods (particularly animal foods). “With the addition of soy sauce, fish sauce, MSG, and other salty condiments during cooking, or seasonings at the table; or the excessive intake of salty fish and highly salted fermented fish or sauces (bagoong), the sodium intake increases drastically to about 6000 mg (about 15g of salt),” said the FNRI. 

            Following are quick tips on how to limit sodium (the main ingredient of salt) intake:

  • Eat natural foods with little or no added salt.
  • Use herbs and spices to naturally flavor or season food instead of table salt, monosodium glutamate or highly salty condiments.
  • Limit intake of preserved and processed foods, cheese, canned soups, canned fruits and vegetables, instant noodles, and canned meats.
  • Limit use of soup cubes.
  • Limit intake of salty, canned, and preserved meats and fish (ham, bacon, tinapa, dilis, daing).
  • Limit addition of condiments (soy sauce, bagoong, patis and ketchup).
  • Limit intake of salted snacks.
  • Read labels to find out the sodium content of packed or preserved foods.

The lists issued by western health experts even include keeping fast foods, sausages, potato crisps and chips, sauces and pickles, peanut butter, prepared mixes and prepackaged frozen dinners at a minimum.

Medical experts and evidence-based science have shown that too much sodium is harmful to humans as it increases the risk of developing high blood pressure and its complications, such as strokes, heart attacks, kidney damage, and possibly asthma and some cancers.

So is there anything left to eat? There’s a good chance there is, with PANSALT®, the healthier salt for Filipino health buffs and those on special dietary regimens. PANSALT® contains Iodine, cuts sodium chloride to 56-57 percent, and is rich in the essential minerals Magnesium and Potassium, which are not present in common salt.

PANSALT®’s unique and patented formula is the product of years of research and study by health experts from Finland . It has the same savory flavor as common salt, minus the sodium overload. It has also been found to remarkably improve the therapeutic effects of drugs used for the treatment of high blood pressure, and is virtually devoid of the harmful effects characteristic of common salt.

Because it has found great consumer acceptance—it has the best taste profile among low-sodium salts in the market, without any bitter aftertaste— PANSALT® is already being used in more than a thousand food products from hundreds of manufacturers across the world. PANSALT® now flavors prepared meat products and processed food; prepared fish, dairy, hamburger, and bakery products; snack food; seasonings; and flour mixtures.

Imported by Accord International, Inc., PANSALT® is now available nationwide. 

Low-Sodium Living In a Nation of Eaters

Filipinos like it five times a day.  Meals, that is.  Breakfast.  Morning snack.  Lunch.  Afternoon snack.  Dinner.  If we're lucky, we might even squeeze in a little dessert before finally calling it a day.

Eating many meals in a day is not necessarily bad.  But that depends.  Consider several factors such as your portions, nutritional value, and salt content.

The recommended daily allowance for salt is 4g to 6g a day.  And there is a reason for this: studies show that excessive salt consumption increases one's risks for heart disease and stroke, not to mention kidney stones and complications with diabetes.  It would be prudent therefore, to limit one's salt intake.

But cutting back on salt especially in a nation enamored with food – is this even possible? 

Filipinos love food and the many reasons why.  Food nourishes.  But also, food excites – the experience of different flavors stirs in us a new sense of life.  Food brings us together – see us gather at the table as a family, see us assemble as communities at our fiestas.  But most of all, food satisfies – who does not enjoy leaning back after a good meal and rubbing one's warm belly?

Is it possible to give all that up? It is.  With PANSALT®, mineral salt but with 43% less sodium, you can go light on the sodium but heavy in flavor.  So you actually give nothing up – except for high sodium and its harmful effects.

Developed in Finland by health experts after years of extensive research, PANSALT® is ideal for the health-conscious, hypertensives, and stroke patients.  It has also been found to improve the therapeutic effects of treatment drugs for high blood pressure. 

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and our two snacks in between.  Combined with a little more thoughtfulness to our meal portions and ingredients plus a sprinkling of low-sodium PANSALT®, who's to say Filipinos can't still get it five times a day? 

PANSALT® is available in 50g (50 x 1g sachets) and 450g boxes at leading supermarkets and drugstores.  Learn more about PANSALT by visiting www.pansalt.ph or calling (02) 531-4881 / 0917-811-SALT (7258).

19 July 2010

New Era General Hospital uses PANSALT®

Good News for the patients of the New Era General Hospital!
They can now take advantage of the many health benefits PANSALT® has to offer as it is now made available for them.

05 April 2010

Scared of Salt? Don't be!

Salt so long has been painted a villain to health – it is blamed for high blood pressure and its complications such as heart disease, stroke and kidney damage. But just as most things in life, take this bit of information with a grain of salt.

Though demonized many a time, salt is not as sinister as you might think. NaCl is a good thing – it is a nutrient essential to human life. Salt helps regulate various bodily processes such as digestion, nerve transmission, and even muscle contraction. And though its name has been dragged into many debates on heart diseases, salt regulates heart contractions – after all, the heart, too, is a muscle.

As an electrolyte, it facilitates osmosis, or the process that involves the transportation of nutrients across cell membranes. Salt helps maintain that critical balance between cells and body fluids.

Too little salt has its own adverse effects as well. Too little of it can lead to dehydration, muscle cramps, dizziness, and water intoxication. And because of its vital role in osmosis, studies have shown that sodium-deficiency can also contribute to the depletion of other minerals the body needs such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins.

But life isn’t just a series of bodily processes, is it? When eating, who thinks of food as a bulk of nutrients to be broken down and distributed through the bloodstream?

Food is not meant for sustenance alone, it is meant to be enjoyed. So don’t languish in tastelessness just for the sake of longevity.

Give your body – and your taste buds – a treat with the salt that has the right balance of minerals. PANSALT® is real salt but with 43% less sodium and with the essential minerals potassium and magnesium.

PANSALT® was developed in Finland by health experts after years of extensive research and is ideal for the health-conscious, hypertensives, and stroke patients. It has also been found to improve the therapeutic effects of treatment drugs for high blood pressure and is virtually devoid of the harmful effects of common salt.

Healthy living need not be bland. PANSALT® is available in 50g (50 x 1g sachet) and 450g boxes at leading supermarkets and drugstores. For more information, visit www.pansalt.ph or contact (63-2) 531-4881 / 0917-811-SALT (7258).

30 March 2010

Healthy Summer Bodies with PANSALT

 The glorious sunny weather is here once again! Along with the sizzling hot temperature comes the surge of sexy shorts, skimpy bikinis, bare back tank tops and sundresses. Skin is definitely in and good skin looks even more fabulous with a slim and well toned body.

If you wish to parade down the sunny beaches in your sexy attire, then prepare for that hot summer adventure by getting in shape. Make sure you find an activity that you enjoy. Whether it’s yoga, pilates, running or tennis—the key is to engage and participate! Mix up your exercise routine with cardiovascular and weights to burn excess calories and develop well-toned muscles.

For that added summer energy maintain a balanced diet. Eat a selection of carbohydrates and proteins. Vegetables are incredibly energy dense, packed with fiber. For quick weight loss results cut down on rice, bread and pastries.

If you truly want to feel good and stay healthy, avoid foods with high sodium content. The common salt has been proven to be detrimental to one’s health because it causes high blood pressure and complications like strokes, heart attack and kidney damage. Studies by health experts from Europe have even shown a correlation between common salt intake and obesity.

The recent National Nutrition and Health Survey shows that 22 out of 100 Filipino adults have high blood pressure and this can haunt individuals even before they reach the age of 40 years. Among Filipinos from 20-29 years old, almost 4 out of 10 are pre-hypertensive and require a lifestyle change to prevent progression to hypertension. Healthy eaters can still enjoy the savory taste of salt with PANSALT. Rich in essential minerals like magnesium and potassium, PANSALT only contains about 56-57% Sodium Chloride. Its unique patented formula gives the same savory flavor of common salt without its harmful effects. Ideal for home and industrial use, PANSALT can be used for all types of food preparations like baked goods, meat, fish, fast food, snacks, dairy products and many more.

Produced under strict manufacturing procedures similar to the stringent preparation of pharmaceutical products, PANSALT has gained remarkable consumer acceptance in different countries and is even used for cooking by McDonald’s restaurants in Finland.

Ideal for home and industrial use, PANSALT can be used for all types of food product preparations like baked goods, meat, fish, fast food, snacks, dairy products and many more.