Herbs and spices could be used to flavour food so that expat health insurance policyholders reduce their salt intake.
This was the suggestion of registered nutritionist Carina Norris, who noted that individuals can "wean" themselves off a preference for excessively salty food.
"In the short term, you can add more spices, you can add herbs to your food … just little additions of flavour that don't have salt," she pointed out.
"In the long-term you can wean yourself off strongly salty tastes and if you gradually cut down the amount you have, you won't miss it."
Her comments come after research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health calculated that 33,000 lives could be saved in the UK each year if more people ate five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day and cut back their daily intake of salt and fat.
Expatriate medical insurance customers who eat shop-made meals may also be consuming too much salt, which can lead to cardiovascular problems and obesity.