Need to cut down on your salt intake? Cook your own meals
We've written more than once on this blog about the health dangers posed by salt, but let's make one thing absolutely clear: Salt is good for you and an integral part of many of your body's necessary functions, from hydration and sleeping to blood sugar and thyroid health. The problem stems from how much of this mineral that the average American consumes — which is, all too often, too much. Americans by and large get far more salt in their diets than the recommended amount of 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day, consequently putting them at greater risk for health threats like heart failure, hypertension and stroke.
Of course, most people probably aren't looking to eat unhealthy amounts of salt on purpose. The problem arises from the fact that salt is practically ubiquitous, with food items containing high concentrations of salt all around us. In fact, according to Medical Daily, 65 percent of the salt that Americans eat on a daily basis comes from food purchased in supermarkets and convenience stores.
Luckily, there are ways to help. You don't have to be a slave to salt, and one of the best ways you can begin to cut back to healthier doses is to simply cook your own meals.
"More than 75 percent of the sodium in the average American diet comes from salt added to processed foods," writes the American Heart Association.
Prepackaged food items at stores or prepared meals at restaurants come with high concentrations of salt. To better avoid this, simply opt to make your own meals more often. When you're preparing the dish yourself, you'll know exactly what ingredients — and how much salt — are going into the meal. You can swap out salt for small amounts of vegetables to add some flavor.
Cooking with seaweed or seaweed-derived ingredients, particularly Seagreens® seaweed, has been found to be especially helpful in creating tasty meals and snacks that are still low in salt content. In fact, Seagreens was hailed by Research Councils UK as a "Big Idea for the Future" for its nutritious salt replacement properties. Other independent research studies have also identified Seagreens as a market leader in nutrition and quality compared to typical seaweeds.
Seagreens is a natural multi-nutrient whole food, wild-harvested in the Grade A pristine waters among Scotland's remote Western Isles to our proprietary Human Food Seaweed™ standards (patents pending), that contains all the minerals, trace elements and vitamin groups. You can begin adding Seagreens to your own meals with natural health supplements and ingredients like The Culinary Ingredient and The Mineral Salt, which can help pave the way for a lower-salt diet.