Cutting back on salt is a very important step we can take to reduce our risk of hypertension (high blood pressure)—and to actually lower it if our numbers are already too high.
But we Americans do love our salt. Will our food taste bland if we leave the salt box in the cabinet and hide the salt shaker? Check out this article from our parent company.
About that food tasting blander without salt. . .That’s not the case, say dietitians. They’ve worked with culinary experts to find alternatives to salt that are just as delicious. And after a while, as our taste for salt diminishes, we probably won’t miss the salt at all. It takes about six weeks for our taste buds to adjust, say experts. (What about fancy salts that are sometimes touted as healthier, such as sea salt or Himalayan salt? “Do not be deceived! Salt is salt,” cautions the World Action on Salt & Health.)
Take a coffee break and give your brain a workout with the latest Assisting Hands Hand in Hand puzzle, which contains a “shopping list” of 20 ingredients that are delicious alternatives to unhealthy salt.
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