The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines state that adults should consume no more than 2,300 mg of salt a day, which is less than a teaspoon. If you’re over 51 years old, have a pre-existing health condition involving the kidneys or have high blood pressure you should only consume 1,500 mg a day. Unfortunately, Americans eat an average of 3,400 mg of salt a day.
As noted above one of the many health problems that can arise when you consume too much salt is painful joint inflammation. While you’re soaking in the salty ocean at the beach, it’s a good time to think about how to reduce your sodium intake. Start with this delicious low-sodium BBQ sauce recipe.
Sauces are a great way to moisten food so it’s easier to eat, but many are filled with salt. Here in Texas, where barbecue is a way of life, this low sodium BBQ sauce can make your next cookout a little healthier.
- 1 cup no-salt-added ketchup
- 1 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce
- 2⁄3 cup brown sugar
- 2⁄3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1⁄4 cup molasses
- 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- Mix all of the ingredients together in large saucepan over medium heat.
- Heat the mixture until it starts to boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- If not being used immediately, refrigerate the sauce after cooking.
Creating a healthy, delicious BBQ sauce from scratch really is as easy as 1, 2, 3!