Too much of salt intake can cause water retention, due to the sodium content in salt, and this increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, which can damage the heart. This only increases your death risk, but there’s a way out of this. All you need to do is cut back on excess sodium. This might seem easier said than done, especially for those already used to salty foods, but an alternative is to add spices to your meals, so you don’t end up eating bland meals. Below are some spices to opt for.
1. Ancho chile powder
All chile peppers contain a substance known as capsaicin, including ancho chile pepper. Ancho chile is similar to chili pepper but without the intensity and heat, and it also instantly provides a sweet and smoky flavor. Eating pepper has cardiovascular benefits, as it helps to protect the fats in the blood from free-radicals.
Garlic contains Allicin, a compound with potent medicinal benefits, and it’s also highly nutritious with fewer calories. It is a potent flavor enhancer that packs an impressive antioxidant punch for just four calories per clove, and is a great way to spice up your roasted vegetables.
Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with potent medicinal properties and has been linked to brain health and immunity, as well as warding off weight gain. It also contains curcumin, a natural anti-inflammatory compound. Remove the root’s skin of the turmeric with a vegetable peeler, then chop or grate. You can also get it in the powder form and add it to your meals.
4. Lime zest
Lime zest helps in weight loss, skin care, improved digestion, relief from constipation, eye care, and treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, respiratory disorders, gout, gums, urinary disorders etc. It also helps to balance up the flavor of some meals and balance out stronger flavors like sesame oil or soy sauce. You can add the zest to yogurt, fruit salads, smoothies, oatmeal, soups, or any other foods you might be comfortable with.
Cumin is made from the dried seeds of a flowering plant and has the ability to aid in digestion and treat piles, insomnia, respiratory disorders, asthma, common cold, cancer and so on. It also has a distinct flavor and aroma and is frequently used in a number of cuisines around the globe, including South Asia, Northern Africa and Latin America.
These spices will not only make it easy to hold in the salt, but will also help to promote your health.
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