Excess of salt and sugar can lead to numerous health problems such as high blood pressure and increased cancer risks. Finding alternatives may improve your health, experts say.
It seems like the more sugar we eat, the more sugar we crave. Reducing our sugar and sodium intake and using alternatives will is heart healthy as well as beneficial for blood pressure, stroke and kidney health.
Aromatic vegetables including onions and garlic make for great seasonings as a base when cooking any sort of sauces or stir-fry.
Fresh herbs like chives, oregano, and basil to garnish your meals will add greatly to falvour without any of that added sodium.
Using herbs will not only decrease your salt consumption but will also add antioxidants to your diet.
Hot sauce, cayenne pepper or chili pepper
Using hot sauce, cayenne pepper and chili pepper can be used in many meals even in popcorn. It’s a great alternative for flavour and have high dose of vitamins, can boost your metabolism, lower blood pressure and may help in digestion.
Citrus – Lemon and vinegar are also good seasoning options that can amp up the flavour of soups, sauces and more.
Umami ingredients like mushroom, nuts, seeds and tomatoes can add flavour as well as numerous vitamins and minerals.
Dates usually take the sweet craving away and you can use date purée for baking, to spread over a toast or top a plain yogurt. According to Livestrong, dates don’t raise your blood sugar, increases your fibre intake, as well as your vitamin B intake.
They are also high in potassium and magnesium, Tristaca Curley, a registered dietitian with Fueling with Food, says.
Blackstrap molasses is a byproduct of sugar cane’s refining process and is often recommended for diabetics as a sweetener. It is a really good source of calcium and iron and can be used to sweeten salad dressing up and more.
Ripe bananas that you can also throw into the freezer and later use in baking are filled with vitamin B6, potassium, and fibre. They help moderate blood sugar levels, improve digestive health and may help with weight loss.
Honey is full of nutrients, can help lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol.
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