Sugar and salt is in almost every food you eat. Living in North America, It's difficult to consume the right amount sodium and sugar in your diet and not go overboard. The human body only needs less than one gram of sodium per day which is only under a half a teaspoon of salt. Most of us consume up to four times that amount. This will lead to increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. When it comes to sugar most of us double the daily amount, increasing the risk of obesity, diabetes, and even depression. As you can see consuming to much of these two in your diet can be life threatening and should be taken very seriously. Although sugar provides a great source of energy and sodium is an electrolyte mineral that helps the body regulate your blood pressure, it should still be eaten in small doses to be beneficial. It all comes down to how your diet is and keeping salt and sugar out as much as possible to avoid these life threatening circumstances.
The foods you really must avoid are the ones that tend to be processed. These foods in particular are added with fat, sugar and salt to enhance flavour and prolong expiry. “Go to Foods” you should really make an effort to eat more of are non-starchy vegetables like spinach, carrots, mushrooms and cucumbers. For a great source of protein beans are pretty much salt, sugar and fat free, offering you a great source of fiber which will extend the feeling of being full and help weight loss. For whole grains and carbohydrates brown rice is nearly fat, sugar and salt free leaving you with a substantial amount of energy.
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There are many options of food to eat that are sugar and salt free but the best way to get the right kind of sugar is from fruit and dairy which contain natural sugars, not the added kind that is bad for you. Non-fat versions of dairy and low sugar fruits like berries are the option to go with, giving you loads of antioxidants. If you're looking for a great meal you can have Tilapia which is one fish that is very low in sodium and salt, giving you a large amount of protein. To cut salt and sugar from our diet you need to be focused on what you're eating of course but you're health is your wealth and the heart is just as important as your physical appearance. Sticking with this kind of diet will lead you in a healthy direction and help you lose weight, giving your body a tighter look from the major depletion of sodium. So not only will you be looking good but you'll be feeling even better.