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Need less salt in your diet? Try adding spices and herbs

Need less salt in your diet? Try adding spices and herbs

While salt is a necessary component to a healthy and balanced diet, the average American eats too much of it. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 90 percent of all Americans over 2-years-old take in too much sodium on a day-to-day basis. A high salt intake significantly increases risk for health problems like heart attacks, strokes and hypertension.  Although U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of salt per day, roughly half of the country's population suffers from sodium-related risk factors that should limit their intake further down to 1,500 mg.

For recommendations on cutting back sodium levels, the Huffington Post points to a new study conducted by researchers at John Hopkins University and the University of California, San Diego, where it was determined that salt intake would decrease in people who opted for low-sodium foods at restaurants and incorporated spices and herbs into their cooking.

"Given the challenges of lowering salt in the American diet, we need a public health approach aimed at making it possible for consumers to adhere to an eating pattern with less salt," said Dr. Cheryl Anderson, one of the study's researchers, in an official statement. "This intervention using education and tasty alternatives to sodium could be one solution."

Another proven alternative would be to be use Seagreens® seaweed in your diet, which was heralded by the Research Councils UK as a "Big Idea for the Future" for its salt replacement properties. Seagreens seaweed is a natural multi-nutrient whole food containing all the minerals, trace elements and vitamin groups, and is wild-harvested in the Grade A pristine waters of the Scottish Outer Hebrides to our proprietary Human Food Seaweed™ standards (patents pending). Add Seagreens to your diet today with supplements and ingredients like The Culinary Ingredient, The Mineral Salt, Food Capsules and more!

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