“Cut back on table salt!” That’s the message from a Barbadian chef and entrepreneur who wants Caribbean people to abstain from over-consuming salty foods following reports of tragic life-altering strokes and other serious medical conditions.
Chef Derek Went of Went Caribbean, a company which offers healthy Caribbean lifestyle support, said while the Caribbean region is known worldwide for its culinary exploits and some of the most flavour-filled foods, the region was playing “Russian Roulette” with its food preparation and consumption habits.
Went Caribbean is keenly focused on reducing the high incidence of chronic, non-communicable diseases by offering a variety of products and services which promote a healthy lifestyle.
“I am all for maintaining the diverse culinary traditions of the Caribbean, but let’s make sure we do so without compromising good health,” Went asserted, proposing a switch from table salt to moderate amounts of sea salt as a healthier alternative.
The Caribbean chef promotes sodium-free, healthy spices and herbs in Barbados, across the Caribbean, and soon to the Caribbean Diaspora communities in North America.
In addition to avoiding excessive quantities of salt present in today’s over-consumed processed foods, he also urged drinking pure water, checking blood pressure, daily exercise and other dietary habits – as recommended by medical doctors and qualified nutritionists – which were key to a healthier Caribbean and an economically sustainable health care system.
Went Caribbean, supported by the Barbados Entrepreneurs Venture Capital Fund (known as BIM Ventures), promotes its WentWorx line of all natural, aromatic seasoning blends which contain no salt, no sugar, no MSG and no artificial preservatives. “You can definitely reduce the salt in your meals without sacrificing authentic Caribbean flavour when you use WentWorx blends,” he emphasized.
WentWorx products currently contain naturally occurring sodium in health sustaining proportions.