Salt is important to the health of our bodies, however in today’s market we get way too much salt in most diets. The only want to know is to read labels. Most frozen meals, canned vegetables are all with added salt.
IF salt is an important health issue for you: begin by putting the salt shaker away. Experiment with spices to add flavor and spice blends made without salt. In some cases the natural flavor of some things need very little salt if any to taste great.
The Basics About Salt:
- Salt is also known as sodium
- It is naturally present in most foods
- It is often added to canned, packaged, and frozen foods
- It is often added during cooking
- Salt is a necessary part of our healthy diet in small amounts.
- We need 1.1–3.3 grams of salt per day, but generally, most Americans take in 23-26 grams per day.
- The major risk of too much salt: high blood pressure, which may result in heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.
- How to cut back on sodium:
- Learn which foods are naturally low in sodium: fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Read food labels for sodium content.
- Look for low-sodium and sodium-free foods when grocery shopping.
- Try not to add salt to already cooked items.
- Limit your use of condiments (ketchup, salad dressing, mustard, etc.) because they are high in salt.
- When eating out, ask the server how a dish is prepared in terms of sodium.
- If you still want the flavor of salt, try no-salt salt substitutes.