Let’s address the elephant in the room: Salt is tasty!
There’s a reason salt is arguably the most popular flavour enhancer there is.
But, it is also one of the most unhealthy, and dangerous, if it’s not enjoyed in moderation.
Salt is a very crucial nutrient for the human body, required for healthy fluid balance and muscle function. It’s also good at keeping healthy nerve transmitters.
Experts are constantly refining what the optimal amount of your daily salt intake should be for the average person. But chances are, a lot of us are going above and beyond that target.
On the flipside, too much can negatively affective your blood pressure and cholesterol, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other potentially fatal consequences.
So, if you’re a salt fanatic, here are a few substitutes you can try without sacrificing flavour…
Pepper is usually at the table as salt’s best friend and tasty accompaniment.
It also has lots of varieties, each with their own flavour profile. Ranging from sweet to bitter, pepper can be used during the cooking process or as a final seasoning, significantly enhancing your food.
Onions are generally little flavour bombs of their own. But onion powder is essentially a condensed version of all that flavour, packed into a dried form that can closely resemble salt.
Onion powder is perfect for savoury dishes such as soup or casseroles. You can even use it in dry spice rubs for meat and vegetables.
Whether it’s in chopped, minced, or dry powder form, garlic is an incredible flavour enhancer. It has a super versatile taste range that changes depending on how it’s cooked.
Garlic is great when used to sweeten up dishes, or as an addition to a savoury meal. It’s also packed with antioxidants as a bonus!
Fresh green herbs
There’s no better form of nature’s flavour enhancers than in fresh green herbs such as parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme, dill, or coriander.
You can instantly transform bland food with these unique herbs, packed with unique flavours and aromas. They’re also incredibly easy to grow and maintain in pots or gardens. This makes them very accessible and convenient salt alternatives.
Mostly associated with drinks, desserts, or as a garnish, lemon juice is the unsung hero of many popular dishes.
Whether added during the cooking process, at the very end, or sprinkled on top of salads, fish, and other foods, lemon juice can cut through and elevate the other flavours within a dish, or completely change its flavour profile, even more than salt.
Be brave, experiment a little – and enjoy a little health boost at the same time!
Still love your salt?
Everything in moderation as they say, so also check the salt content of food to start with so that you’re not overdoing it by adding extra.
If you need help balancing your diet and lifestyle with excercise or performance then get in touch with one of the team today.
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