Salt is everywhere! We can find it mainly in all the food we eat today. While it is useful to enhance the dishes and add more flavor to them, eating too much salt is very harmful to our health.
Salt, more precisely the sodium inside of it, regulates our blood pressure and our water pressure. Too much salt intake leads to many diseases, the best known is hypertension.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends 5g salt intake per day, the equivalent of a teaspoon. But the average consumption is superior of 10g a day and sometimes can reach some 12gr. The problem of this over consumption does not come from its direct consumption: the majority of our salt intake is hidden. Over 70% of the excess comes from cooked dishes and desserts (canned food, frozen food, soups or sauces, pizza, etc.). Whenever possible we need to avoid industrial or processed foods.
And if we consume this kind of food, here are some tips to avoid too much salt:
1) Never automatically add salt to your meal before tasting. If a large amount of salt is consumed, it is advisable to reduce consumption every 2-3 days. After about a month the need for salt in dishes disappear, it’s a little trick to lose completely the habit!
2) Replace refined salt by an unrefined one. The salt commonly found on our table has lost all its minerals, plus it salts less than the unrefined one. In addition, unrefined salt contains 85% sodium while table salt contains 95%. Among the unrefined salts we can find: Fleur de sel, pink salt, black Hawaii, blue Persian, etc.
These salts are rich in minerals and dietary elements, but also have a much superior taste.
3) Go for Gomasio, which is a mixture of sesame seeds and sea salt. The nutritional benefits will be greater. You can easily find it in farmer’s markets style grocery stores.
4) When we add salt to a dish, the goal is generally to enhance the flavors. Why not replacing it by pepper and spices? Herbs, fragrant spices and different kinds of pepper have a flavor enhancers role. In addition, they have the advantage of being calorie-free and have many virtues: anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, tonic, stimulant and sometimes even have an suppressant appetite role!
Which tips will you choose to reduce your consumption of salt?