Tricks to eat less salt
Harvard Medical School urges to consume less sal than the usual. Here are some reasons why.
Salt is essential to the body. The sodium in salt helps transmit nerve impulses and contract muscle fibres. It also works with potassium to balance fluid levels in the body. But you need only a tiny amount of salt to do this — less than one-tenth of a teaspoon per day. The average American gets nearly 20 times that much.
The body can generally rid itself of excess sodium. In some people, though, consuming extra sodium makes the body hold on to water. This increases the amount of fluid flowing through blood vessels, which can increase blood pressure.
Most of the salt that Americans consume comes from prepared and processed foods. The leading culprits include snack foods, sandwich meats, smoked and cured meats, canned juices, canned and dry soups, pizza and other fast foods, and many condiments, relishes, and sauces — for starters. But enough of it comes from the salt shaker at home that it’s worth finding alternatives. Here are five ways to cut back on sodium when cooking or at the table:
- Spice it up! Use as many spices, roots and herbs – fresh or dried – as you like or want. Spices enhance the natural flavour of foods, vegetables and fruits. So, go ahead, don’t be afraid to use garlic, ginger, mint, basil, red pepper, sage, Jamaica, and enrich your dishes with citrus, vinegar, wine or beer as well.
- Go nuts for nuts and healthy fats! Add a rich flavour with peanuts, walnuts, pecans, olive oil, avocados, soybean, and whatever your imagination direct you to.
- Sear, Sauté, Roast, Grill, Broil, Seal. All these technics bring out the flavour and natural sweetness of vegetables and fruits, as well as meat, chicken or fish and even eggs.
- Whole Grains are also a great choice to add a considerable amount of sodium to your favourite dishes, besides increasing nutrients and a surprise factor.
- Eat locally and seasonally! Shop for raw ingredients with maximum natural flavour.
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