As diabetics, we have to watch out for all types of factors that can influence our mangement and lifestyle. We have all been told at some point or another how bad salt is for our diets. But where is all the salt coming from exactly?
Approximately 1/3 of the salt we consume on a regular day comes from table salt.
Table salt is made up of two things: sodium and chloride. The other 2/3 comes from other sources of food, mainly the processed ones. A majorly important aspect of diabetes is watching salt intake to reduce complications later on. There are many steps that can be taken to reduce drastically your salt intake.
Continue reading to discover some tips on how to cut down on your salt intake:
1. Try to avoid high fat, high salt foods like bacon, sausage, and cold cut meats.
2. Taste your food before you try it- if it is not salty enough, add a pinch of salt and taste again
3. Try to cook your meals without the salt. Or add salt as the last ingredient after you have already added all the other ingredients. Sometimes recipes can work perfectly without the salt
4. Limit cooking with and using salt based sauces like soy sauce and meat sauces
5. Eat less fast foods because they are stocked up on salt
6. Choose salt free crackers and food options
7. When opening a can of food, rinse it 1-2 times to get rid of the extra salt
8. Choose food labels that contain 400 mg or less of sodium per serving
9. Eat at home more often than out to reduce your sodium intake
And remember to use The Spike App to remind you of your insulin!