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Sodium Overloaded: Why We Ditched Salt from Our Menu

Sodium Overloaded: Why We Ditched Salt from Our Menu

Fact: At Fresh Meal Plan, we never use salt to season our food. Yes, it’s really true! All of our great tasting meals delivered right to your door contain no added salt. But why?

The US Food & Drug Administration [FDA] said the average American consumes a whopping 3,400 milligrams of sodium, an element found in salt, per day, which is 47 percent more than the recommended intake of just 2,300 milligrams. [1]

While 2,300 milligrams equal only 1 teaspoon of the briny mineral, consuming too much sodium on a daily basis can have significant health impacts.

Have you ever felt bloated after eating your favorite salty snack or processed food? An article from the Harvard School of Public Health explains that our bodies go through the wringer when processing high levels of sodium. [2]

“As sodium accumulates, the body holds onto water to dilute the sodium,” the article states. “This increases both the amount of fluid surrounding cells and the volume of blood in the bloodstream. Increased blood volume means more work for the heart and more pressure on blood vessels.”

Imagine putting your body through this process every single day by regularly eating highly processed foods, such as potato chips, French fries, boxed mac and cheese, pizza, canned soup, frozen fish sticks, etc. The list goes on and on. Over time, too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack and even stroke.

“There is also some evidence that too much salt can damage the heart, aorta and kidneys without increasing blood pressure, and that it may be bad for bones too,” the article adds.

When we founded Fresh Meal Plan in 2011, we asked ourselves, “do we really want to contribute to America’s growing sodium addiction?” The answer was an easy, “no.”

Instead, every week Cofounder and Executive Chef Patrick Delaney uses his incredible culinary skills to create flavorful, fresh meals using the best-tasting herbs and spices found in nature.

If you’re having trouble ditching your favorite salty snack, don’t fret. Potassium, our friendly neighborhood element K commonly found in bananas and other plant-based foods, can help.

The FDA states that eating enough potassium every day can help lower blood pressure and help balance out some of the negative effects caused by sodium.

“Look for foods rich in potassium, such as bananas, beet greens, juices (carrot, orange, pomegranate and prune), yogurt (non-fat and low-fat), potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and tomato products, and white beans,” reports the FDA.

When in doubt and having serious sweet cravings, reach for one of our freshly made Paleo Brownies or Sweet Potato Waffles, which are both packed with heart-healthy potassium.

For more information on how Fresh Meal Plan delivers healthy, delicious food right to your door, check out our “About Us” page.

1. “Use the Nutrition Facts Label to Reduce Your Intake of Sodium In Your Diet.” (Jan. 2018.) https://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm315393.htm
2. “Health Risks and Disease Related to Salt and Sodium.” https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/salt-and-sodium/sodium-health-risks-and-disease/

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