Too much of sodium con-tent in your diet can in-crease your cholesterol levels leading to an increased risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular issues.While salt is an essential ingredi-ent in any recipe you cook, here are some ways to reduce the in-take of sodium.- If you are cooking using a recipe book, add less than the amount of salt mentioned.- According to studies, most of the additional seasonings you add to your food contain about 95% salt. So, while making pasta, add fresh herbs instead of using a herb seasoning or freshly chopped garlic instead of garlic powder.- Choose healthier options at a grocery store. Often, packaged foods tend to be high in sodium content because it helps preserve them for longer. Read the food labels carefully for nutritional facts.- Go for fresh or frozen veggies instead of their canned varieties, which often contain added salt to help increase shelf life.- Olives and pickles are saturated in salt, as are many smoked and cured meats, like salami and bo-logna. Limit your intake of these high-sodium foods.- Add fresh lemon instead of salt when marinading fish or other vegetables.- Cut down on sodium-rich con-diments such as soy or mus-tard sauce and ketchup.
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