Excess sodium increases blood pressure because it holds excess fluid in the body, and creates added burden on the heart. Too much sodium can increase your risk of heart failure or stroke, as well as osteoporosis, stomach cancer and kidney disease.
With heart disease topping the list as the leading cause of death in the U.S. everyone should be aware of sodium intake, and the excessive use of sodium in the food and drinks we consume as a culture.
Did you know that sodium consumption should be limited to 2,300 milligrams, and that this number, which we see on nutrition labels isn’t actually a recommendation for daily allowance but a number established for a safe limit of consumption. Did you also know that the average American’s daily sodium intake is 3,400 milligrams?
Imagine driving on a highway. The speed limit is 70 mph. It is established as an upper limit to keep you safe. Would you drive at a speed of 170 mph on a daily basis? No, because it would be dangerous not only for you but could also have devastating affects on those you share the road with. Our bodies are the most important vehicle we travel through life in and we need to be conscientious of the fuel we consume to energize our systems.
That is why it is so important to find ways that connect with you to help change your dietary habits to improve your health. For me, making homemade recipes allows me to control not only the flavor but the sodium intake as well. If a 28 oz. can of crushed tomato can potentially have more than 1000 mg sodium in and a single teaspoon has 2,325 mg of sodium. How can we create flavor without extra salt? It’s all about the quality of the tomatoes and making your spice rack work for you.
Low Sodium Tomato Puree
This recipe is easy to make, freeze and store and can be easily adapted to suit your tastes by using different herbs and spices. So have fun with it! Watch the blog for more #minfduleating recipes.
Photo Credit: Zeus Becker
Edited By: Jennifer Lavin