I love to cook with lots of flavor and that doesn’t mean salt.
In fact, if you can increase the seasonings you use in your meals to include more flavor, you can actually cut back on sodium intake. This is important because many of us are getting loads more sodium than we bargained for.
As stated by the Mayo Clinic, “Because sodium attracts and holds water, your blood volume increases. Increased blood volume makes your heart work harder to move more blood through your blood vessels, which increases pressure in your arteries.” This results in high blood pressure, a common condition amongst many.
Guidelines suggest sodium intake be between 1500mg-2300mg per day depending on age, health, etc. Many of us are well above this due to the loads of sodium consumed in processed, prepared and packaged foods. Ick! Not to mention many of us salt our foods as habit without even tasting it first.
Evidently, one recent study shows that excessive sodium is killing as many Americans as smoking. So, put down that salt shaker and learn to enjoy flavor and not just salt.
Why not instead try:
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- crushed red pepper
- rosemary(fresh or dried)
- sage (fresh or dried)
- sea salt
- cracked black pepper
You’ll notice lots of these spices in my recipes. Have a great weekend!
Spaghetti with Meat SauceApril 12, 2012Almond Encrusted Dijon Halibut and Roasted SproutsApril 17, 2012