SODIUM. Something I’m sure you have thought you have under control because you may not shake your salt shaker atop your meals anymore, but sodium is hidden in so many places it is alarming. Due to elongating the shelf life of foods both packaged + frozen, salt is a preservative that is commonly used in millions of products. Not to mention, as Americans, we are too used to things tasting exorbitantly salty!
Average American consumption of sodium is close to 3,400 mg per day, but have you ever learned what that looks like when measured out? That’s just under 1 1/2 tsp of table salt. Digest that news…Visually? That’s less than a shower cap full.
The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that 75% of the sodium in the average American diet comes from salt added to processed or restaurant foods, so we aren’t even discussing your salt shaker yet!
Health-wise, we only require 180-500mg within our bodies to function, but it’s recommended that you only have 1500 mg of sodium per day; half of what the average intake is for most people.
How-To Watch It:
- Skip the salt shakers at home + restaurants – just don’t!
- Use Himalayan crystal salt or Kalahari desert salt vs iodized table salt, but conservatively add it to foods while cooking + not after
- Seek out foods with 200mg or less of sodium per serving
- To add flavor when cooking, use herbs, spices, + citruses to add flavor without the salt
- Watch the processed foods at all times, especially those without labels
- Go with natural foods- fruits + vegetables are naturally low in sodium as well as fresh proteins