Salt tastes good, but is bad for your health if you eat too much of it. Use it moderately and be creative when looking for alternatives.
You probably think that dishes without salt do not have a lot of taste. Guess again. When you’re cooking or ready to start eating, first taste before you add some (more) salt. And if you still want to add some flavour, there are various alternatives.
Choose the right food
Nature offers us a lot of food that doesn’t need any salt to taste good. Whole grains (rice, pasta, bulgur, quinoa, corn) have a lot more taste than their refined versions. Legumes (chickpeas, lentils, white beans) flavoured with shallots or garlic are also delicious, even without salt.
Spices such as coriander, parsley or chervil add flavour to warm and cold dishes. If you add them at the end of the preparation, they come out even better.
Seasonal vegetables and fruits
In general, seasonal vegetables and fruits have more flavour. Chicory, celery, leek, cabbage, fennel, pepper are all tasty vegetables that can go without salt. Moreover, Delhaize offers a wide range of low-salt products: canned vegetables and fish, rice waffles, meat, sodium-low salt…
Good to know
To know how much salt a product contains, check the label and multiply the amount of sodium by 2.5.
This article was initially published in Belgium’s Delhaize Magazine of February-March 2014.
Extracts of the article were used for this posting.