Do you use salt in your cooking?

Table salt - Table salt in the brown little bowl
@Lindery (854)
Latvia
February 18, 2009 9:58am CST
Many people consider a salt to be unhealthy addition in food. Do you think the same? I personally use only a sea salt which comes in rough grains. I don't like a fine salt because it tastes like soda, not natural.
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@Amber4106 (541)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I almost never add salt to anything that I'm cooking. If I'm cooking something that is breaded or has some type of batter, then I will add a very small amount of salt. I've never been a big fan of salt, but occasionally I get a craving for it. I only have cook for two of us, so it's really easy to just let each other salt and pepper our food to our own taste.
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• United States
1 Dec 09
I use salt occasionally when I'm cooking starchy foods such as potatoes and pasta, but most of the time I avoid using any salt. I only cook with sea salt, not table salt. I also use some sea salt on my veggies like broccoli after its been cooked, only because I can't go completely salt-free. I also never use pepper...blech.
• South Africa
5 Mar 09
Hardly ever. Only a pinch to baking.
@walijo2008 (4649)
• United States
20 Feb 09
The only time I use salt is if its called for in a recipe I'm making. Most of the time I don't use salt in my cooking, for one thing I have high blood pressure and too much salt is a no no. I always tell them, if it needs salt you'll have to add it yourself because I didn't put any in it. I have to use the salt substitute, which some people don't like because it tastes bitter to them, but I grew up eating it, and it don't bother me..lol. I've never used sea salt before.
@icegermany (2524)
• India
20 Feb 09
i really cant eat food without salt and i feel it is better to starve than eating that kind of food without salt. i dont have an idea and i have also not heard of that salt is unhealthy but i feel that now a days we get food which is processed and all the processing will surely take away all the nutrients from the food and it is hardly left. so when we make food at home we can use desirable things and adding salt in that is still good because now we get the iodised salt which contains iodine and helps our body. it is way where we get iodine. but i have heard of the non-refined salt is not good and can cause harm like dengue and other health problems and hence it is recommended to consume refined and iodised salt.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I use sea salt too. Never really taste much of a difference between sea salt or table salt. I do know its suppose to be better for you. I usually dont add too much of any kind of seasoning but sometimes you need just a bit of salt or other season.
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
Hey there! I don't think that is unhealthy. Only if you use it excessively then it would be very unhealthy. We use iodized salt. Sometimes we use rock salt, the one you says sea salt.
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
19 Feb 09
I try not to use too much salt. My husband goes over board with it and doesn't realize it. I told him when he cooks from now on to use salt after in his own bowl or plate. He wonders why he suffers from high blood pressure. Salt is good for taste but you shouldn't use too much.
@dlr297 (5225)
• United States
19 Feb 09
hello, i use sea salt also i like the taste better. while my food is cooking i use only a small amount, and everybody can salt their food once it is on the table to be eaten everybody's tastes are different so i give them the choice to salt or not to salt.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
19 Feb 09
Hi Lindery, I used to use a lot of salt in my cooking but have changed. It seems that no matter how much I put in, my husband would put a lot more on when the food was on his plate. I do not put in as much salt as I used to, and like you, I also use the sea salt now. I have two salt grinders, one have plain sea salt and the other has sea salt and garlic. I prefer the sea salt taste and you actually use less salt that way, at least it seems like we do. I did try to eliminate using salt in my cooking, but it tasted like it was missing something. There are a few things I cook and use a seasoning salt instead or celery salt. That way you get more flavor added. Happy cooking.
@ninaluv (338)
• Nigeria
19 Feb 09
i use seasalt too. but i dont consider it unhealthy. As a matter of fact, i love the taste of salt in my food. cooking cant be comlete without it. Nice post.
• India
19 Feb 09
Salt in an important ingredient in cooking and adds a gr8 deal to the taste. However, it should be used in moderation considering the health aspect.Her is a good read which explains this http://www.ifood.tv/blog/beware_of_sodium_aka_salt
@eagle_f15 (2054)
• Malaysia
19 Feb 09
Yes I do, I use Celtic Sea Salt for cooking. It is said to be healthier than normal salt. but I try to minimise putting salt in my cooking. Too much intake of salt is bad.
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
19 Feb 09
I usually don't add salt to most of my cooking. I rather add it at the table. If it is added during cooking i don't think you can taste it. I would rather every one put their own on so they can adjust it them selves. Some people add salt with out even tasting to see if it is needed. Our bodies need the Sodium found in salt. Sodium allows your body to take in fresh fluids, eliminate fluid waste through your urine, and still stay in fluid balance. Fluid balance is important for many body functions, including maintaining blood pressure, avoiding dehydration, and keeping the kidneys healthy. Too little sodium in the blood can keep brain, heart, and muscle cells from working properly. But too much can cause you to retain water, resulting in uncomfortable swelling of the hands, feet, and sometimes abdomen. Some women are more salt-sensitive before their periods. They are more likely to gain weight and have swelling and bloating from salt at this time. More than one teaspoon per day or 2.3 grams. http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/wha/wha_saltdiet_crs.htm
• United States
19 Feb 09
I only cook with seasalt now. I typically season my foods though with lots of herbs, etc.
@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
19 Feb 09
It depends on the food. Most dinners I cook, I don't use salt. Several baked goods call for a little though, though Salt is salt regardless, however sea salt has more natural minerals in it which're good for you than fine salt, which is processed not to have them.
• United States
18 Feb 09
I do use salt in recipes when it calls for it or add very little when I cook. I am not much of a salt girl and figure that it can be added on your plate to your desired level. I would rather pepper my food. I use both regular salt and sea salt, but have heard that sea salt is better for you.
@arvaster (521)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I use salt for meats and soups. Not much otherwise. It happens that I put it on my potatoes but I am not that big on making everything salty. You just need a little bit to extract flavour from things :)
18 Feb 09
Salt is a flavor enhancer, a natural mineral, and a major part of a healthy body. That said, you do get enough naturally to not need any added during cooking.
@delkar (1716)
• Romania
18 Feb 09
well, i use salt in my meal, because it`s necessary in our ordinary meal. Mine doesn`t have that taste. Mine it has taste of salt. And that, maybe because next to my city it`s a salina and i know for sure that salt it`s 100% natural, as they are having that from the ground. i only buy the salt from that company, because i trust them. It`s so cheap in my county.. it`s something about $0.35 /kg . 1 kg it`s enought even for almost one year.