More Herbs Less Salt Day is a holiday that celebrates the health benefits of substituting herbs for salt and encourages people to do so whenever possible.
Eating a balanced diet can be easier said than done and it takes time, patience, and thoughtful prep to create a well balanced meal. According to the American Heart Association the average American consumes more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium on a daily basis (“9 out of 10 Americans Eat Too Much Sodium,” n.d). This is more than double the recommended limit and can lead to damaging effects on the body long term. The majority of sodium being consumed is coming from processed foods found in grocery stores and can be easy to overlook when society has been conditioned to enjoy sweet and salty delights. Most foods that are heavily processed typically get advertised more than fresh ingredients which can program the brain to believe these items are not as bad as they seem.
While the origin of more herbs, less salt day is unknown, it makes for a great opportunity to educate individuals on their sodium intake and to make healthier choices going forward while using herbs as a smart and healthy alternative to enrich meals.
Cooking and Benefits of Herbs
Cooking at home more often can be a great way to reduce sodium intake and more herbs less salt day can be a great excuse to educate family and friends on the benefits that herbs can have on the body.
Herbs not only help to preserve your food longer, but contain more disease fighting antioxidants than fruits and veggies (Wells, 2019).
Use fresh herbs from the produce section or start growing your own and use this holiday to find some delicious DIY recipes that can be made with family and friends.
Since salt and pepper are the most commonly used seasonings, most people have a lack of knowledge of how herbs can not only flavor our food, but promote self healing.
How this holiday Unites People
Cooking at home and using more herbs and less salt can be a uniting time with friends and family as you discover new ways to season your food.