Our bodies crave sodium. Sodium helps us maintain a proper balance of fluid, transport nutrients, transmit nerve pulses, and also aids in the overall movement and contraction of our muscles. But too much sodium can have some seriously negative effects on your system like increasing blood pressure which can lead to heart disease. The experts behind the 2005 revised Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest adults ingest no more than 2,300mg of sodium per day. But according to the Centers for Disease Control, Americans actually take in over 3,400mg of sodium daily.
While sodium is mostly associated with salt, there are other places where sodium lies. Even if you never shake the salt shaker, certain foods may still sneak in the unwanted “s” word.
One easy way to cut down on your daily sodium intake is to cut butter out of your diet… I know, butter is delicious, and it goes great on pretty much anything, but butter can be easily replaced (at a 1:1 ratio) with extra virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil not only adds flavor to whatever you put it on but it has absolutely ZERO sodium! Along with coconut oil’s lack of sodium, are the hosts of benefits it brings to the table. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which has been shown to help raise good cholesterol, boost your immune system, and boost your bodies overall metabolism.
Next time you go to reach for the butter, remember, coconut oil has a great taste, health benefits, and zero guilt. To most Kelapo fans, it is clear coconut oil is the superior choice.