In this article, Dr. Chauncey Crandall explains why we need to reduce our salt and sugar consumption and provides practical tips to help us do it.
Salt is an essential nutrient, but we consume far too much. The American Heart Association recommends an ideal daily intake of three-quarters of a teaspoon, but many Americans consume five to ten times that amount! One way to cut back is to avoid processed foods, typically high in salt. Try giving yourself a 30-day break from added salt and experiment with herbs like basil, garlic, oregano, sage, thyme, turmeric, and cinnamon to add flavor.
Sugar is another culprit that sneaks into our diets under different names, such as fructose, glucose, lactose, maltodextrin, and dextrose. Even foods marketed as “healthy” can contain high added sugars, like flavored yogurt. Learning to read labels and substituting fresh fruit can reduce your intake.
Alcoholic drinks and fruit juices can also contribute to high sugar consumption. Dr. Crandall recommends drinking sparkling water with a squeeze of lime or a few raspberries instead of cocktails and avoiding fruit juice altogether.
Finally, when you crave something sweet, reach for dark chocolate or add a drizzle of dark chocolate syrup to fresh berries. With these simple swaps and strategies, you can banish excessive salt and sugar from your diet and promote optimal health.
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