Did your doctor just suggest that you should consider cutting salt out of your diet? If so, your first inclination might be to throw your salt shaker away. You might be under the impression that doing that alone will stop you from taking in more salt than you should. However, often times, cutting out salt alone won’t reduce enough sodium from your diet. Here are several other steps you should consider taking to do it.
Read the labels on packaged foods.
Anytime you purchase packaged foods in the grocery store, there’s a good chance that they will have some salt in them. But you might be surprised to see just how much salt has been added to certain packaged foods. You should get into the habit of reading the labels on packaged foods so that you know how much salt you might inadvertently be taking in by eating them.
Avoid meat and poultry that have been injected with sodium.
There are many fresh and frozen meats and poultry that have been injected with different sodium solutions before being sold. When you look at the packaging for these meats and poultry, they’ll often include things like “saline” or “sodium solution” on them. Steer clear of purchasing these meats and poultry products if you can. They contain more salt than you would want in most cases.
Look for condiments with low sodium levels.
You might not realize it, but you can really up your sodium levels if you’re constantly adding condiments to your food. Ketchup, mustard, relish, soy sauce, salad dressing, and other condiments usually have a lot of salt in them. If you’re going to use them, try to use either reduced sodium or low sodium condiments to keep your salt intake to a minimum.
There are many seasonings and spices that have salt in them as well. They can cause your sodium levels to skyrocket if you’re not careful. Benson’s Gourmet Seasonings can provide you with a salt substitute if you want to add the flavor of salt to meals without adding sodium to your diet. Call us at 626-969-4443 today to order our salt substitute or any of our salt free seasonings.