Cook with seaweed to lower sodium intake this Thanksgiving
Cooking with seaweed this Thanksgiving may not be your first instinct, but if you think about how much sodium you consume, you may reconsider. Each year, we look forward to the same meal: mouthwatering turkey, warm mashed potatoes, flaky rolls and finger licking-good gravy. These aren't just components of a dinner. They're cornerstones of good memories and quality time spent with family and loved ones. You couldn't imagine replacing them with anything else, but you probably should. While Thanksgiving is only one meal, it can contribute a significant amount of calories, fat and sodium to your diet.
This is especially troubling for anyone who is trying to manage his or her weight. Shape Magazine reported that a plate of the typical Thanksgiving meal can account for the total 2,000 milligrams of recommended daily sodium. For anyone with heart problems, high blood pressure or kidney failure, daily sodium intake needs to be below 2,000 milligrams. Items like green bean casserole, stuffing and mashed potatoes contribute to this excess of sodium, containing between 400 and 600 milligrams each.
But these are just the side dishes. Turkeys are a big source of sodium troubles not only for how much they contain but also for how popular they are to eat on Thanksgiving. According to the National Turkey Federation, about 88 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving. The average frozen turkey can range from 200 to 740 milligrams of sodium and to preserve them when they're stocked at the grocery stores, manufacturers inject them with a solution that typically contains a lot of sodium. To avoid the various sodium-rich turkeys on the market, you can buy fresh or free-range turkeys.
One other way you could lower the amount of sodium on your plate this Thanksgiving is to replace the salt you cook with. Seaweed as a salt replacement has all the flavor with half the sodium content. This is especially useful in manufactured breads, which are responsible for a huge portion of sodium intake in daily diets. Making bread for Thanksgiving with seaweed salt can help reduce the overall sodium content of the meal. Research from Sheffield Hallam University shows that replacing regular table salt with Seagreens Mineral Salt or Culinary ingredient, which are like salt but are made of 100 percent organic wild Wrack seaweed, can have significant effects for long-term weight management.
To help lower your sodium intake this Thanksgiving or in your daily diet, try Seagreens Culinary Ingredient. Every Seagreens product contains all the minerals, micronutrients, trace elements and vitamins that can be found in all-natural, organic seaweed. Seagreens organic wild wrack seaweeds are produced to the company's award-winning proprietary standard (patents pending) among Scotland's remote Western Islands in pristine Grade A waters. All Seagreens products are organic, kosher and certified free from allergens and contaminants.