Now that you know all about calories and macronutrients, this week’s Shaklak Aklak episode focuses on how minerals can contribute to your health too.  Minerals refer to a wide variety of compounds in your food including sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium and much more.

The most commonly discussed and most controversial mineral in our food is sodium, which is found in salt. The main function of sodium in our bodies is regulating water levels within our cells, and it is also responsible for the entry and exit of every compound from one cell to another. So, of course we all need sodium in our body for proper nerve functioning and the health of our cells. Problems only start to occur when we consume too much salt, or sodium.

You may think that adding salt to your food is the main culprit to your excessive sodium levels, but for most of us, the vast majority of our salt intake actually comes from processed foods; pickles, frozen pizza, salty chips, and canned foods. Eliminating processed foods can lower the amount of salt you put into your body by 75%. Excessive salt intake has been heavily associated with high blood pressure, one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease.

Your recommended salt intake per day as an adult is 6g (2.4g sodium), which equates to 1 teaspoon. This includes any salt you take in from processed food as well as the salt you add to your cooking.

Stay tuned for more Shaklak Aklak episodes where important nutritional information such as servings sizes, differences between fats, and nutritional values are discussed. Learn more about nutrition from Shaklak Aklak on website, Facebook page, Instagram page, and YouTube channel.