10 Low Sodium Foods.
Sodium is a mineral that, like other minerals, we need in our diet to keep us healthy and well. Like pretty much everything else though, too much of it can be very unhealthy for us so it is important to consume it in moderation. Too much sodium in our foods can contribute to a high blood pressure and potentially lead to cardiovascular diseases.
One of the main sources of sodium in our diets is salt. Therefore, limiting the salt in our diets will help us to regulate our sodium intake. This is often found in processed foods, so fresh foods are often a good option. Here’s a look at some foods that are not only low in sodium but also great tasting and nutritious.
Yogurt is a very popular food for people that are trying to live a healthy lifestyle, and for good reason. Not only is it delicious, but it is also nutritious and contains only around 115 milligrams of sodium. It is a good source of protein, vitamins, minerals and ‘good’ bacteria that are beneficial to our health.
Flavoured yogurts are likely to have additives containing sodium as well as other additives, so try to stick to plain natural yogurt where you can. That doesn’t mean it has to be dull, though, because you can easily add some fruit for added flavour if you wish.
Fruit is a godsend to people that wish to lead a healthy lifestyle. It is packed with vitamins and minerals and most fruits have little to no fat content. What’s more is that they are delicious and come in a wide variety of flavours meaning there’s likely to be something for everybody.
Another benefit of fruit is that that tends to be very low in sodium. Some fruits have less sodium than others, and you should try to prioritise apples, bananas, pears, plums, grapefruit, strawberries and watermelon where possible. You should also be sure to stick to fresh fruit as fruit by-products are likely to contain many additives, including sodium.
Vegetables may not be to everybody’s taste, but there is no doubting the health benefits they provide. They are packed with vitamins and minerals and it is recommended that everybody has at least some vegetables in their diet to remain healthy. They are also ideal for people on a low sodium diet.
Vegetables such as onion, brussels sprouts, broccoli, celery and spinach are very low in sodium content. If you want vegetables with no sodium at all, then look for cucumber, garlic, squash, asparagus and green beans. While it may be tempting to add sauces and other flavourings to your vegetables, remember that many sauces are likely to contain sodium themselves.
While potatoes are technically vegetables, their versatility helps put them in a category of their own. As with other vegetables they are also packed with nutrition and, of course, low in sodium. What’s more is that potatoes are high in potassium, which helps to naturally balance out the sodium in our diets.
To make the most of the low sodium content, baked potatoes are best. There is also little to no sodium in cooking oils so fried potatoes are also low in sodium. If you are making fries, though, remember that adding salt or ketchup will add plenty of sodium to your meal.
If you like nuts and seeds then you will be pleased to hear that they are very healthy and nutritious. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, fibre and fats (the good type). Plus, of course, nuts and seeds are very low in sodium content. They are also very tasty and come in a variety of flavours.
Nuts can be enjoyed in cooking recipes or as a stand-alone snack. They are also filling and make for a great way to avoid getting hungry in between meals. Remember to keep clear of salted nuts and seeds to make the most of the benefits of the low sodium content.
6. Grains and Beans.
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