3 more suggestions for low-sodium ingredients
For many chefs — both professionals and amateurs — salt is a key ingredient in the kitchen. As a flavor enhancer, this sodium seasoning can make all the difference in how a meal tastes. Unfortunately, high concentrations of salt carry notable health risks with them as well, a fact that most Americans are either in the dark about or willfully dismissive of. As it is, the average American eats about 1,000 more milligrams (mg) of salt per day than they should, heightening their likelihood of developing heart disease or stroke later in life. But even just knowing that, it can be hard to change up your diet. After all, salt is practically everywhere, infused into virtually every meal or snack. If you wanted to cut back on your salt intake, where would you even start?
A good first step is to prepare your own meals. By controlling what's actually going into the food you eat, you can determine — and reduce — the level of salt you ingest on a daily basis. Yesterday, we shared some of Shape Magazine's suggestions for lower-sodium ingredients. Here are a few more you should consider making staples of your kitchen:
- Chickpea flour flatbread: Free of sodium, easy to prepare (ready in under 15 minutes!) and incredibly versatile, you can either eat this flatbread on its own or use it as a base for a more elaborate meal.
- Matzoh: "This salt-free snack has a light texture and a nice crunch to perfectly [complement] that hummus you packed in your lunch this morning," writes Rebekka Spiller for Shape.
- Shiitake mushrooms: Much like organic seaweed, shiitake mushrooms are natural sources of the savory "fifth taste" Umami. Harvesting this flavor makes for a healthy, tasty and easy-to-make soup, risotto and other crock pot meals.
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