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Dont Be Salty Today Is More Herbs Less Salt Day

Why "More Herbs, Less Salt Day?" American’s eat salt like it’s going out of style! Even if you don’t add salt to your food, sodium is a normal ingredient in many processed and restaurant foods. While salt is still very much “in style,” limiting your daily salt intake can create a healthier body and lifestyle for you and your family.
 
 While the human body needs sodium to conduct nerve impulses, contract and relax muscles, and maintain the body’s balance of water and minerals, studies suggest that Americans consume far more salt than the body actually requires. Health experts from Harvard claim “Most Americans consume at least 1.5 teaspoons (3500 mg) of salt per day… the government recommends limiting daily sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams (one teaspoon).” Recommended limits drop to 2/3 teaspoon (1533 mg) for people over age 50, with high blood pressure, who have diabetes, or are African American.
 High salt intake contributes to heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke risks. Did you know that if you were to consume 1 gram of salt per kilogram of your body’s weight, you can die? According to listverse.com, this was a popular form of elective death in China for nobility. August 29th is the perfect opportunity to get out of your normal cooking routine and try to incorporate some fresh herbs into your diet. Everyday Health suggests these fresh herbs are the perfect solution for a flavorful meal without all of the salt: 
  • Oregano and basil for pastas and sauces
  • Rosemary and thyme for chicken and veggie dishes
  • Dill for cauliflower, cucumbers, fish, and fish sauces
  • Parsley for fish, soups, vegetables, and tomato sauces
  • Mint for salads, vegetables, and desserts
  • Marjoram for stews, soups, and eggs
  • Cilantro for Mexican and Thai dishes
  • Tarragon for yogurt, sour cream, beans, and roasted chicken
 Herbs can be grown at home or purchased at any local supermarket. Growing your own herbs isn’t only for homeowners. Apartments can be the perfect spot for your indoor herb garden. For More Herbs, Less Salt Day, get out of your normal day to day salt routine and try out a few herbs to jumpstart your taste buds and possibly a new healthier lifestyle. Do you have any spice recommendations to share?  Let us know!!!  And, as always, thank you for reading!