One of the very first recommendations your physician or nutritionist may make is that you reduce the amount of salt and sodium from your diet. Diets that contain high levels of salt are often linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, hypertension, and many other serious conditions. With sodium present in so many different types of food, it can be very challenging to significantly reduce it from your meals. However, there are some simple and easy ways to limit your salt intake.
Enjoy Home-Cooked Meals
Home-cooked, made from scratch, meals are not only delicious, but they also enable you to better control the amount of salt that goes into your food. Prepackaged and frozen foods contain preservatives and extremely high levels of sodium. If you’ve ever wondered how these foods are able to keep in your pantry or freezer for such long periods of time, it is partially thanks to sodium. If you do purchase any of these prepackaged foods, look for options that contain low sodium, or are completely free of sodium.
Rinse Canned Foods
Canned foods can make cooking at home much easier, but these foods often contain high levels of salt and sodium. If you would like to use canned foods, such as canned beans, you can first rinse the food before you cook with them. The liquid in the cans often contains the highest amounts of sodium.
Choose Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
The best way to avoid salt is to eat more fresh produce, which contains little to no salt. If you do not eat the foods raw, avoid adding any salt as your prepare them. What most people find is that incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into their diet is surprisingly easy, healthy, and flavorful, without any salt.
If you would like to speak to our diet and nutritionist about your diet, salt consumption and other related complications, please contact ENT Wellbeing Diet & Nutrition, Sydney, 1300 123 368.