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.