We are regularly told that too much salt is bad for us and that we should try to cut down on it. Yet, many people keep their saltshaker beside the pepper grinder on their dining table! Why are people reluctant to let salt go? Well it may be because they do not understand why salt is so bad for us… or maybe they feel that they will miss the taste…well read on to learn more…
Let me explain: Excessive salt in our diet raises blood pressure. Raised blood pressure can cause strokes, heart attacks and even kidney disease…. And yes, you will notice the taste difference when you cut down on salt initially. However, our taste buds adapt quickly to this change. Plus, there are many alternatives to salt which better complement the taste of our food…. Also since your taste buds will work at their best when you cut down on salt, you will be able to taste and enjoy food even more than before!
So why not try one or a combination of these alternatives when cooking without salt;
1. Meat – allspice, dry mustard, mint, garlic, rosemary, apple, paprika, ground ginger or pesto.
2. Pork – serve with stewed apple or cook with fennel, garlic, onion, oregano or sage.
3. Chicken – lemon, pineapple, ginger, marjoram, oregano, tarragon, thyme, sage and paprika.
4. Fish – lime, vinegar, dill, lemon, pesto, paprika, dry mustard, marjoram….
5. Beef – garlic, mushrooms, onions, bay leaves, marjoram, nutmeg, sage and thyme.
6. Lamb – garlic, rosemary, mint or curry powder.
7. Eggs – chives, parsley, tarragon or paprika powder.
8. Potatoes – scallions, chives, garlic, dill, onion, paprika, parsley and sage.
9. Rice – scallions, chives, nutmeg, cloves, or coriander.
10. Pasta – omit the salt and use basil, oregano, parsley and some pepper.
11. Veg – cayenne pepper, thyme, mint, sesame seeds, nutmeg or dill.
12. And remember: Black and white pepper are just delicious with all savoury dishes!