Ah yes, we all love tasty food and to make tasty food good, salt is added. No wonder there are a lot of companies who pack their products with salt in order to preserve them. Yes, salt is used everywhere and on anything these days but using too much salt can affect our body. So how bad are those tiny round crystals?
In some ways, salt is considered to be one of the main ingredients in making food. Our ancestors used salt to treat their meat and fish back then and use salt to preserve any catch that they have for the long cold days to come. But these days, too much salt has been proven dangerous. So what can you do avoid using too much salt? Here are some of the best tips that you can use.
1. Cook your own food if you can
I have always been a fan of food but it’s just recently that I appreciated cooking. Learning how to cook and using the right measurements taught me about the ingredients and especially the amount of spices and salt I should use; you can do the same. If you want to know what is in your food and how much salt is used, try cooking. This is the best way to control the amount of salt you are consuming compared to eating food cooked by a restaurant or fast food.
2. Consider healthier options
If you are craving for McDonald French fries, why not make your own? Better yet, find a recipe that uses less salt. If you want to eat a canned tuna, find real tuna instead. Remember that a canned tuna (depending on the size) may contain 300 mg of salt. Compared to eating grilled tuna, you will only be getting 40mg worth of salt than that one in a can. So it is always best to find a healthier substitute.
3. Avoid eating packaged foods
Instead of eating ready to cook foods, always try your best to cook your own meals. Keep in mind that these processed foods contain more sodium than usual. Of course it doesn’t hurt to eat canned or packed foods every once in a while but don’t make it a habit! You are consuming more salt than you can even count.
4. Find substitutes for salt when cooking
There are tons of spices and other foods out there that you can use other than salt. Herbs, spices, pepper, lemon, garlic and the likes are among the many substitutes that you can use instead of sodium.
5. Snack on vegetables and fruits
Instead of munching on potato chips and fast food, try munching on vegetables and fruits. Apples, banana, Baby carrots, cucumbers and many others are great to eat as snacks. It’s sodium free and is a healthy option too. You can also juice your vegetables if you don’t like eating them. Juice made from lemon, celery, ginger, apples, cucumber and kiwis are great for those who are trying to remove salt from their diet. Give it a try and you will see the difference!
6. Avoid eating pasta, cereals, rice and the likes
Most of these foods contain salt. In case you can’t help but eat these, make sure that you use less salt than the usual. This way you can avoid eating too much with salt.
7. Rinsing canned foods
If by any chance you have to eat canned food, make sure to rinse it very well. Keep in mind that most canned foods contain high levels of salt. Rinsing them will lessen the amount of salt that they came in with.
Checking salt contains
Of course, we cannot totally eliminate salt from our diet as it is an essential part. However, you can always make sure that you know the amount of salt you are taking in. If you find yourself wandering in the grocery aisle, make sure to check the sodium contents of the food you are getting. This way you know which ones are salty enough to avoid and which ones are good enough to eat.