Sodium is a nutrient necessary for your body, particularly the nerves and muscles, to function correctly. But sodium is often consumed excessively. According to the American Heart Association, Americans consume 3,400 milligrams of sodium daily, which is over twice the recommended amount (e.g., 1,500 milligrams).
Where Does Sodium Come From?
Most of the sodium we eat is added during commercial food processing and preparation, including food served by restaurants.
Sodium can be used in many ways within the different food groups to enhance or hide flavors. It can also increase a food’s shelf life, retain moisture, thicken sauces or soups, or balance the sweetness of baked goods.
There are many advantages to reducing your daily sodium intake.
Benefits of a Low-Sodium Diet
Lowering your sodium intake is essential to help prevent and manage various medical issues.
A low-sodium diet may reduce your risk of high blood pressure, which can contribute to heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. High blood pressure can also complicate blood sugar management (i.e., diabetic control) for those living with diabetes.
Therefore, making minor changes to your meals to lower your sodium intake can significantly impact your health over time.
Tips on Reducing Your Sodium in Meals
Although it may seem hard to believe, reducing your sodium intake does not mean you have to miss out on flavorful food. Instead of using additional salt from your salt shaker, you can use a variety of herbs and spices based on your personal and cultural preferences.
Some flavorful alternatives include:
- Citrus zest
- Red pepper flakes
- Onion or garlic powder
- And more!
Use this resource from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for helpful tips on reducing sodium intake.
It’s true that making informed choices about what foods are brought into your home and how your meals are prepared can help you achieve and maintain good health. But it can be challenging to plan and prepare meals independently due to physical limitations, time, or other obstacles.
The good news is Meals on Wheels can help you enjoy nutritious meals without worrying about your sodium intake.
About Our Prepared Low-Sodium Meals
Meals on Wheels works with registered dietitians at Open Arms of Minnesota to ensure our meals meet the dietary guidelines for sodium intake. That means we can provide low-sodium meal delivery for seniors and individuals living with disabilities throughout the Twin Cities!
In addition to low-sodium meal delivery, Meals on Wheels can accommodate different medical diets. We offer tasty options for vegetarian, dairy-free, lactose-free, and gluten-free meal delivery.
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Our team is here to support those who could benefit from home-delivered meals, focusing on older adults and people with disabilities. We’re committed to providing fresh, nutritious meals delivered directly to you or a loved one’s home.
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