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Benefits Of Salt And Sugar For A Healthy Diet

Posted in Healthy Eating by doctorsonline on December 15, 2009
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SaltSalt itself is not bad. The problem with salt comes with the over-use and over-consumption of processed salt most commonly used. Many of us are unaware of how much sodium we are consuming in one day. It is best to limit sodium to 2,300 mg per day or equivalent of one teaspoon of salt. A high quality sea salt can have up to 90 minerals, which are healthy for our body. Look for sea salt that has a reddish or brownish tint, has no coloring, additives, chemicals and has not been bleached. Most of the salt in our diets comes from processed, packaged, restaurant, and fast food. Processed foods like canned soups or frozen meals can contain hidden sodium that can quickly surpass this recommended amount.

Refined SugarOn the other hand, it is just natural for us to like sweets; it is okay to enjoy them as an occasional treat. But, it is vital to keep sugar consumption to a minimum. Refined sugar is one of the bad carbs; not only  because it cause problems with our blood sugar level, but it also uses up stored resources within our body (such as minerals and enzymes) in order to process the sugar. It is much better to choose sweet treats that are home made or have naturally occurring sugar, such as fruits. Try making your favorite dessert with half or one-third less sugar than usual. Make dessert a special event once a week. Many foods have naturally occurring sugars, such as fruits, vegetables, grains and beans. Incorporate naturally sweet foods into your diet to help crowd out unhealthy sweets. Strawberries, apples, sweet potatoes or winter squash are all great options.


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