Did you know that saltiness is an acquired taste? This means that over time, our taste buds adapt to the heavy addition of salt in our meals. If we cut the salt, our taste buds will follow in a few weeks and we will never know what we are missing. A low-sodium diet lowers blood pressure and is a healthy lifestyle practice no matter how healthy we are.
Tips to Reduce Salt in Your Diet
- Hide the salt shaker. If you can’t see it, it will be easier to ignore. Keep the salt shaker in the cabinet instead of on the kitchen counter or table.
- Get creative with herbs and spices. Supermarkets have many different herbs and spices to flavor dishes without salt. Many cookbooks also offer suggestions for spices to use with various food.
- Avoid adding salt when preparing meals. It is unnecessary to add salt to water when cooking rice, pasta or hot cereal.