Salt, especially the salt we add to our foods, which does not occur in them naturally, is the culprit of many health-related problems, such as cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, bloating and water retention.
So, how can we reduce our consumption of salt?
First, remove the salt shaker off the table.
Second, while cooking, add less and less of salt to your culinary creations. Just like you can acquire a "sweet tooth", you can lose the "salty tooth". In general, while cooking, rather under-salt than over-salt your meals. You can always add a pinch more later on, but you cannot remove it if it is already in your food.
Third, replace salt with other flavored stuff, such as spices, roots, citrus, vinegar, herbs and even wine. Wary of the commercially-prepared spice mixtures. Always check the label. The main ingredient of some of the above is, actually. salt! Use pepper, chili powder, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, curry, garlic, poppy seeds. As for the herbs, enhance the taste of your food with basil, dill, bay leaves, oregano, rosemary, sage, tarragon, saffron, or thyme.
Fourth, use low-sodium products (such as low-sodium soy sauce for sushi, which will save you hundreds of mg of sodium, instead of the regular one).
Fifth, use healthy fats, such as avocados, nuts and good oils - all of these would add flavor to your foods, therefore reducing the need for salt.
Sixth, sear, roast and sauté, which definitely boosts flavor.
Seventh, watch out for the salt (and sugar) contents in your bread.
A nd not related to the topic but worth mentioning: Especially here in Arizona, use iodized salt. We do not have enough of iodine in the air and using iodized salt will only make our thyroid glands jump with joy!
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