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How to use less salt in cooking

The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the daily intake of salt should not exceed 5 grams, which roughly corresponds to one teaspoon.

According to the recommended daily intake levels, by the way, one could speak of excess intake as early as 3.75 grams. It turns out to be absolutely important, therefore, to eat foods that do not cause an excess.

The problematic element in salt is the sodium content, which then affects blood pressure. For European guidelines, its daily consumption should not exceed, even, 1.5 grams.

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The importance of using little salt in cooking
The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the daily intake of salt should not exceed 5 grams, which roughly corresponds to one teaspoon. According to the recommended daily intake levels, by the way, one could speak of excess intake as early as 3.75 grams. It turns out to be absolutely important, therefore, to eat foods that do not cause an excess. The problematic element in salt is the sodium content, which then affects blood pressure. For European guidelines, its daily consumption should not exceed, even, 1.5 grams.
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Indirect salt intake
The mistake people often make while cooking is to add extra salt to foods. In fact, throughout the day, we may continually take in salt indirectly by eating foods such as bread, crackers, cookies, cold cuts, or canned vegetables. Reading labels before eating foods can be a good way to tell if we are taking in salt and in what amounts.
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Foods low in salt
Foods low in sodium (salt) are, among others, fresh or frozen meat and fish, eggs, and milk. Clearly, in all these cases, much can be done by the seasoning we use for cooking.
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Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables, in addition to being low in salt, are rich in potassium, an element that balances precisely the negative effects of salt. When we cook vegetables, we can also decide not to use salt or to use very little salt if we just can't do without it.
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Herbs and spices
A good way to avoid using salt, and thus not take an excessive daily dose, is to season foods with herbs and spices.
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26/02/2024
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