Salt Shakedown — How to Avoid Hidden Sodium at the Grocery Store
Spice knowhow lowers your salt intake
Despite guidelines advising we eat only 6g of salt a day (and we only actually need a sixth of that), British men hoover up over 50% more of the white stuff than they should. This sends our blood pressure soaring, which is one of the reasons why cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer of men in the UK.
But cutting back on the white stuff is tough. Salt is addictive. Our tongues become acclimatised to to the taste, so when you withhold the shaker your breakfast eggs shift from mouth-watering to meh. Fortunately, if you do go salt-free it only takes five weeks for your tastebuds to reset themselves. And that month can be made easier by forgoing the flakes in flavour of exploring your spice rack, according to a recent study from the University of California San Diego.
Researchers put 55 volunteers on a low-sodium diet before splitting them into two groups. One was left to its own devices, the other taught how to cook with herbs and spices. Though both groups abstemiousness lapsed, those armed with culinary weaponry upped their sodium intake by 966mg/day less than their less kitchen-savvy counterparts.
Opting for the Colonels secret blend wont do your blood pressure any favours, but knowing your coriander from your cayenne will help ensure your spices are helping your heart and upgrading your meals rather than simply congealing at the back of a cupboard.
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