Table salt is not the healthiest.
Some people believe that table salt with iodine is causing thyroid problems for women in midlife.
I have thyroid issues and am guilty of using salt with iodine.
I am using more sea salt now but after the fact of the diagnosis.
Salt contributes to high blood pressure, osteoporosis, asthma, obesity, Meniere’s disease, and more.
Many foods are naturally rich in salt, like celery, and those foods are perfectly fine to eat, but adding too much salt to your diet does have consequences.
Thankfully, there are simple ways to cut back on your salt intake by incorporating naturally found salts with herbs or spices.
Here are a few great tips for cutting back your salt intake.
Avoid Processed Foods
Any processed food, unless it specifically states it is low sodium, is going to be high in sodium.
Restaurants are notorious for adding in high amounts of salt.
There is even a joke among cooks that salt is a “compliment in a bottle” because without salt, there will be no compliments.
However, that is not true.
It’s imperative to read the label when you’re trying to cut down on salt or anything else for that matter because there is hidden sodium in almost every package of food.
Did you know that milk contains about 130 mg of sodium?
Scary, isn’t it?
It’s important to keep track of everything so that you learn what has it, and what doesn’t.
If you cut back on sodium then you won’t have to worry as much about potential health issues of getting too much.
Remember, just because the front says low salt, doesn’t mean it is.
Read the label.
Replace The Salt
Thankfully, you can replace salt with spices, herbs and lemon juice.
You don’t have to give up flavor to lower your salt intake.
Keep in mind that the human taste buds are amazing.
Once you get used to lowering your sodium intake, your food will taste just fine in its natural state.
You will be surprised at how good the natural food flavors taste.
Cook From Scratch
When you cook from scratch using the freshest and best ingredients possible they need less additions to make them taste good because they already taste great.
Cooking from scratch with fresh fruits and vegetables lets you be in control of what you add.
It also lets you know how much, if any sodium is present.
Experiment with herbs, spices, and other natural flavoring ingredients to learn what brings out and brightens the flavors of the meals you cook.
It’s important that you drink plenty of plain water every day.
Water helps improve your health and flush toxins like sodium out of your body.
A Recipe To Try
Spray an oven proof pan with olive oil cooking spray.
Mix breadcrumbs with lemon zest, dip fish fillets into the bread mixture, place them on the pan and cover with lemon juice.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes until fish is opaque in color and flaky.
This is really delicious!
If you need more flavor squeeze a little lemon juice on the fish right before you eat it.