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Spices to help Americans meet new food guidelines

Americans are being advised to cut salt from their diet

Culinary herbs and spices could be useful ingredients for those in the US who are looking to adhere to the new dietary guidelines issued by the country's Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week.

The body has advised some residents in the country to only consume 1.5g of salt per day and Monica Robins of has suggested people use spices as a replacement if they are cutting sodium out of their diet.

Her tips, which include adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to coffee grounds before brewing them and incorporating chilli peppers into dishes, may also be of use to UK residents, where the recommended daily allowance for salt is currently set at 6g.

"Cumin goes great in chilli. Add oregano to pasta sauce. Add curry to chicken dishes," she advised.

Ms Robins explained some ingredients also have health benefits, with a USDA study showing a teaspoon of cinnamon or cloves contains more antioxidants than an 8oz glass of pomegranate juice.

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