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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Much to my surprise, I've stopped enjoying heavily salted foods. Say WHAT?

I think it is a result of cooking most of my food for myself. I put in a bit of salt but apparently nothing like what restaurants generally use. Overtime, I've gradually stopped salting things on the stove and started more or less just sprinkling a bit of sea salt on them before I eat. I recently got some pre-made salmon burgers from Whole Foods and they were so salty I couldn't eat them. My husband, the chef, only thought they were a little salty. In the past I've accused him of UNDERsalting food. Now I realize I must have been consuming a salt lick every day!

Today, the NYT has this article about salt:

"Too much sodium in the diet causes the body to retain water, placing an added burden on the heart and blood vessels. The new report, published in the journal Hypertension, projects that 280,000 to 500,000 lives would be saved by a 40 percent reduction in sodium intake, to about 2,200 milligrams a day, over 10 years. An instantaneous reduction, to 1,500 milligrams, could avert between 700,000 and 1.2 million deaths in 10 years, the experts calculated."

Recently, I've noticed some foods taste perfectly good without salt. I ate some sauteed sugar snap peas with no salt. And I poached some salmon without salt, too. Eggs don't need a lot of salt. I'm feeling really good about taking this positive step for my health! emoticon
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    I completely agree with you! Whenever I cook at home and a recipe calls for salt, I just omit it. Fresh or dry seasonings provide so much more taste! I've even started making my own taco seasoning rather than buying the packages that are filled with sodium - you would not believe how fantastic they taste, with very little natural sodium in them!
    1296 days ago
    Yet another awesome NSV!! This is terrific! I'm so happy for you.
    1297 days ago

    I use herbs, spices and non salt Mrs Dash things on my foods... I avoid the most salty foods as possible...

    To watch my sodium intake, I use sodium tracker on my Nutrition Tracker...really help me alot...

    Cinnamonie :)

    1297 days ago
    Both overly salted and sugary things are hard to take for me now. You definitely have more control over it when you cook it yourself!
    1297 days ago
    Yea, I'm not much of a salt fan. Nice job!
    1297 days ago
    I noticed this same thing when I started eating better! Especially fast food... most of it just tastes like salt to me now...which is weird because I used to eat it all the time and I never really thought it tasted salty!
    1297 days ago
    I got in to many arguments with my culinary instructors. I'm "one of those people" who hardly salts my food at all. And it was a real struggle for me to be adding salt to the food I was cooking my classes.
    1297 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    I agree with you! It really does make a difference when you cut back on the salt! Your taste buds adjust to not having so much salt! Great article, thx for sharing!
    1297 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/4/2013 7:17:09 PM
  • MELLY3183
    I have cut-back significantly on my salt intake over the years, but I still love a bag of Gardetto's. It's amazing how taste buds change and how we adjust our palette to what is good for us. Good job with giving up the salt addiction!!
    1297 days ago
    Mmm, I wish I could step away from the salt!
    1297 days ago
    I really crave salty stuff, and it has taken a long time, but I too have noticed that "normal" salty foods now are almost too salty for me. I never add salt to any of my dishes and unless an ingredient has salt in it, then they are pretty low in sodium. I've even gotten to where I like the low-sodium campbell's soups. It is really hard to go low sodium though when you use a lot of canned goods...I really have to search for low-sodium or no salt versions.

    I can usually kick a sugar craving in just a few weeks, but it's taken at least a couple of months to get used to less salt.
    1297 days ago
    I'm with you on this. I can't tolerate canned soup anymore - too salty for me. I have cut out almost all processed food, which is loaded with salt; and that has really changed my taste buds. I also am more sensitive to sweet too.
    I guess we're both starting to actually taste the food we are eating and not the salt....
    1297 days ago
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