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Salt

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Salt is no one's friend. Some days I end up having way too much and yesterday was one of those days. It's amazing how much is in certain things. I rarely eat many processed things, so when I have something with that much salt I can tell.

Fortunately I don't have high blood pressure, so salt is not going to bother me that way too much. The way I can tell that I've had too much is that I'm bloated and the scale reflects at least a pound and a half gain. It is going to take a couple of days for the salt bloat to go away.

I don't add salt to any of my cooking, it does not "add flavor" or "bring out the flavor" of my foods, it just makes it taste salty. When you get used to eating without added salt, it's all you can taste in things that have the added salt. I'm not sure what those culinary schools are teaching, but it certainly isn't flavor.

When you don't add salt, there are plenty of other flavors to choose from. There is a whole spice isle to pick from. The citrus area of the produce is a great way to add flavor. Garlic does plenty for many Italian dishes. Cinnamon is a great spice. There are plenty of herbs to choose from! With such a great bunch of flavors to choose from, why would one want to mask it with salt?

So try being salt free for a week and see how flavorful you can make your meals without the added salt.
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PATRICIAANN46 2/20/2013 4:11PM

  My husband and I both have High Blood Pressure, so I do NOT cook with salt and buy very few processed foods. And......I know what you mean by the bloated feeling and the added weight.........I don't need that!!!
Great Blog.......... emoticon

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MKMMARTY 2/20/2013 2:45PM

    Oh I feel it the same - I watch the scale and when ever I go out to eat instead of cooking at home I get this result every time
"Fortunately I don't have high blood pressure, so salt is not going to bother me that way too much. The way I can tell that I've had too much is that I'm bloated and the scale reflects at least a pound and a half gain. It is going to take a couple of days for the salt bloat to go away. "

I like this blog very much - thank you

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RUNNING-TURTLE 2/20/2013 1:16PM

    We go 75% of our foods without salt. Things taste so much better. I've switched to no salt Mrs. Dash seasonings as well they are wonderful. Never knew cooking could be so much fun and taste so good without it. I love it. And glad you do too. Keep up the good work. Now if only our food companies would eliminate 99% of salt we would all be better off.

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MNNICE 2/20/2013 12:58PM

    I never add salt to anything either, and try not to eat a lot of processed foods, yet my sodium is almost always over the recommended daily level. My hubby and I were just talking a couple days ago how easy it is to tell when we've had too much sodium (he has high bp - I do not). He had noticed that the fish he ordered at a restaurant had VERY salty batter. As you say, when you're used to not adding salt, you really notice the salty taste!

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MANDELOVICH 2/20/2013 11:00AM

    Interesting challenge. I quite like salt, not in excess, but perhaps I'll try the challenge for a week at some point.

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DIBANANA 2/20/2013 10:23AM

  Eating out is a problem with salt and as you said processed foods. Even canned veggies have salt. I don't salt except in baking. However, I have had unsalted butter.....why bother? It has no taste at all! LOL

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DEANNAMB33 2/20/2013 10:19AM

  I have a hard time keeping my sodium in the recommended levels. Fresh foods always make it easier.

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