Low-sodium diet: The 3 essential benefits you should know and how to do it
Experts in the field of nutrition and health warn that abusing salt can cause fluid retention problems and lead to some circulatory disorders in such a way that a lower salt intake contributes to maintaining normal blood pressure.
Benefits of a low-sodium diet
It is not easy to get used to reducing salt in food, especially when we have ‘abused’ sodium chloride when cooking. With a little effort, our body will thank you, and you will get different benefits such as:
Maintain hydration levels
The more salt we consume, the body will demand more water, which means that regular consumption may be insufficient for our body to be perfectly hydrated.
Helps reduce hypertension
Or the possibility of suffering problems related to heart disease or a stroke. It has been shown that blood pressure is lowered as soon as we reduce salt intake in our diet. In fact, it is recommended to eat at most 5 grams a day.
Improves kidney function
Our hearts will not be the only ones that will appreciate it. Our kidneys will also notice the improvement. In fact, the health authorities also warn that a kidney problem can lead to the appearance of diabetes, among other consequences.
How to follow a low-sodium diet
Salt is a mineral our body needs, but excesses are not good. One of the most recommended methods is introducing low-salt foods, such as artichoke hearts, with less sodium. For an adult, the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends an intake of fewer than 5 grams of salt per day.
Although one of the characteristics of salt is flavor, this can be replaced by other culinary techniques that also offer good results. For example, steam cooking and using spices such as pepper, turmeric, and Provencal-type herbs… will help us bring out the flavor of food.
Scented oils are also an excellent tool to season dishes. When choosing olive oil, we can select one of the various varieties that exist -hojiblanca, picual, arbequina…- that will give us a different taste, use oils from other types of seeds such as sunflower, corn, coconut… It is also a guaranteed success to customize them with our own variants by introducing spices such as cayenne, rosemary, bay leaves… The result will be amazing, worthy of a haute cuisine restaurant or a Masterchef recipe.
Among the most prominent and recommended low-salt foods, we find Cynara artichokes. They have a large number of properties and benefits:
They contain fiber, are satisfying, hardly have calories, and they control cholesterol levels… Which allows us to have a healthy body.
They are very versatile in cooking, as they adapt very well to main dishes and as an accompaniment to meat or fish.
At Cynara, we are specialists in artichokes, so within our wide variety of products, you will surely find the most special one for you.
If you want to delight your guests’ palates, visit our recipes section and find endless ways to cook our favorite vegetable.