01 Oct 5 Easy Ways to Cut Back on Salt (Part 4 of 5)
Welcome to “Food is Medicine” by Its All About Choices. The theme for October is “Sodium” – Is Sodium Making you Fat?
Many people intake 3 times the amount of sodium needed by the body daily. It’s not just about using the salt shaker when cooking. It’s not just about the food tasting salty.
Studies have shown that cutting back on salt can lower blood pressure in people with and without high blood pressure, according to a statement from the American Heart Association.
The recommended daily allowance for sodium is 2,300 mg for healthy individuals. This number is lower for those with heart disease and/or history of high blood pressure.
Tip #4 Opt for Alternatives (Seasonings)
Stick to herbs and spices (dried or fresh). Check the label of seasonings. If it contains sodium, its recommended not to use them as they will quickly add to sodium levels. Most seasons are based on 1/2 tsp, which far less than what many use.
Purchase a battery-operated pepper grinder and your favorite flavor of salt-free herb and spice blend (like Mrs. Dash). Then keep them front and center on your kitchen table to help you break the habit of salting your food.