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Salt-free foods

Foods without salt: following a diet low in salt is essential when our doctor prescribes us a diet without salt, mainly because of its low sodium content. Discover the best foods.

Although it is known that the recommended consumption of salt should not exceed 1.5 g. (necessary, by the way, for the proper functioning of our body), the truth is that few people meet this amount, and they tend to consume obviously higher amounts.

We must not forget that the consumption of salt is recommended, since the sodium contained in it regulates the amount of fluids in our body, on the one hand, while on the other it participates in the transmission of nerve impulses.

However, we should not be confused, since if we choose to consume foods rich in sodium in its natural state, it is evident that it is not necessary to add salt to our dishes. On this occasion we must pay attention to the consequences of excessive salt consumption: it causes the onset of heart disease, increases the risk of high blood pressure, saturates the kidneys and can cause cerebrovascular accidents.

If for different medical reasons your doctor has advised you to follow a diet without salt  (or a diet low in salt), surely it will be useful to discover which the best foods without salt are.

Eat a salt-free diet

Following a salt-free diet does not mean that we completely eliminate sodium from our diet, since we must not forget that it is an essential mineral for the proper functioning of our body, and for our health in general.

Eating a salt-free diet means that we consume food in its natural state, with its obvious amount of sodium, but we do not add salt to our dishes.

The best foods without salt

Whether our doctor has recommended that we reduce our salt intake, or if we want to discover which foods are with less salt , it is always useful to take into account which foods without salt we can consume every day, or at least several times a week. Take good note:

    • Fruits: plums, apples, peaches, oranges or cherries stand out.
    • Vegetables and vegetables: such as broccoli, cabbage, and zucchini.
    • Tubers: like potatoes.
    • Legumes: like beans.
    • Cereals: both whole grains and cooked white rice.
    • Dairy: such as milk or skimmed yogurt.
    • Nuts: always without salt.

How to reduce the consumption of salt in food?

A very good option when it comes to reducing salt in our diet is to opt for natural alternatives to salt, such as natural flavor enhancers such as herbs and spices (including pepper, paprika, bay leaf, rosemary, basil, parsley or saffron), or foods such as onion or garlic.

If you cannot avoid adding salt, a healthy option is to opt for dietary salt, although it is best to always consult your doctor or nutritionist.

 

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