Doctors have a tendency to portray salt as a type of boogeyman. And with good reason. Too much salt increases your chances of acquiring a variety of heart conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. If you can reduce salt from the foods that you eat on an everyday basis, you will be much happier with your health. Below are a few tips for avoiding salt in your diet. You will be able to eliminate salt in no time.
1. Avoid Fast Food and Restaurants! Food service companies have one goal in mind, and it isn’t your health. Their goal is to make the most amount of money possible. The only way for them to do that is to keep customers coming back. I think you see where I’m going with this, right? To make food taste appealing they load their food with an exorbitant amount of salt (and fat and sugar). Save these restaurants for special occasions or circumstances where you have little choice.
2. Read the Nutrition Facts on canned goods! In order to make their products taste good and to increase shelf-life, food manufacturers load their products with salt. Don’t believe me? Check out the nutrition facts section on a can of tomato sauce, chicken broth, or canned vegetables. When you’re in the store, look for products that say “low sodium.” This will allow you to control all of the sources of sodium in your diet.
3. Spices are the key to life. Effective use of herbs and spices will help you eliminate excess salt in your diet. I can’t live without garlic, cayenne, pepper, and paprika. Experiment in the kitchen and you’ll find the spices that you need to live.
4. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables! Fruits and vegetables have their own unique flavors that makes them taste delicious with little additives. If you can really throw down in the kitchen, you can make entire meals without adding salt. That’s an admirable goal, but I must admit it can be difficult.
5.The American Heart Association has two important numbers for sodium intake. It is recommended to not eat more than 1500 mg of sodium daily for optimal health or to not eat more than 2400 mg of sodium daily for good health. 1 teaspoon of salt is equal to 2,325 mg of sodium. So the ideal is to eat less than 3/4th teaspoon of salt. The most you should eat a day is 1 tsp though.