Have you ever considered the consequences that salt can have on your health and your weight?
And what’s the difference between sodium and salt anyways?
So, sodium is the main ingredient in salt. And yes, consuming too much sodium will retain water in your body causing you to weigh more.
However studies have shown other lesser known effects that salt might be having on your weight that you are not aware of.
In this blog posts we will be discussing all of that, plus I will give you my best tips on how to cook without salt and still have it taste delicious! So read on!
Sodium Content In Food Packaging
Do you ever check the sodium content in food packaging?
I always check the labels of any food packaging that I am thinking of buying at the grocery store. As I go down the list, many times everything checks out except the sodium.
I feel so disappointed as I have to put it down, and continue my search through other brands.
Well if you aren’t, then you definitely should! And today you are going to learn why.
US Department of Health and Human Services recommend that healthy adults limit their daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg — the equivalence of one teaspoon of salt, however he CDC estimates that the average American adult eats 3,400 mg every day!
The truth is that even if you think that you don’t consume a lot of salt, chances are that you might be. Think about it – almost everything we buy in a package has salt on it.
Even beverages like Gatorade has sodium on it. Also, condiments like ketchup and soy sauce are packed with sodium. And one by one throughout the day it begins to add up.
Sodium And Weight-Loss
So how does sodium affect your weight?
In a study done in 2015, researchers reported that eating an extra gram of salt each day increased the risk of obesity in children by 28% and in adults by 26%. They suspect that salt may change the way our bodies burn fat.
And several studies done linked high-salt diets with an increase of obesity in schoolchildren, and an 11% rise in the amount of calories adults consume. The reason suggested is because people eat more since the salt makes the food taste good.
Sounds perfectly reasonable to me!
If you want to learn more about salt, click here to check out my blog post “Looking For Vegan Salt? Is Salt Vegan? Everything You Need To Know!”
And if you want a step-by-step vegan diet plan, check out this blog post.
Salt And Cooking
Should you cook with salt?
I almost never cook with salt. Even when I buy seasoning I always buy the no-salt one.
I know what you are thinking, “food won’t taste good if I don’t add salt!”
In that case, you haven’t tried adding a lot of herbs and spices to your food when you are cooking.
Trust me, this works. It will give your food so much flavor no one will even know that you it doesn’t have any salt on it.
And even if the food still tastes a little bland to you, that is because your palette has not adjusted.
The more food without any salt that you eat, the less you will notice the difference in taste.
In fact, there will come a time when you will eat something and think it is salty, and everyone eating with you doesn’t. Super cool right!
BONUS: To learn and understand how salt affects your health, check out the video below!
No-Salt Seasoning Recipe
I get that it can be hard to find no-salt seasoning. But no need to fret! There is nothing better than just making your own.
Here is one of my favorite recipes:
- 5 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
Combine all ingredients in a small jar with a shaker top. Use for seasoning cooked vegetables, soup and stews, or place it on the table to be used individually.
Nutrition Facts: 1/3 tablespoon: 9 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
If you are not used to it, asking you to cook without salt or not to add salt to your food might seem outrageous.
In fact, I know that our bodies do need salt, or else salt deficiency can lead to potentially dangerous conditions such as hyponatremia.
But what you might not be considering is that processed food, frozen food, etc. all already contain salt. So you might even already be getting even more salt than your body needs.
And as we learned in this blog post, too much salt can lead to weight issues. So if you are on a weight-loss journey it is better that you steer clear of it.
Trust me, you will get used to it. Just follow my tips above!