Do you put salt in your food when cooking?

United States
May 26, 2009 12:37pm CST
For years, I didn't add salt to my cooking, mostly for health reasons. Just recently, I bought some salt to use when making mashed potatoes and it's really made a difference in how things taste. Salt is unhealthy, that's for sure. But it always makes things taste better. I don't put a salt shaker out on the table at meal time, cause that might lead to over use. Do you put salt on food while it's cooking or leave a salt shaker/container at the table for others to use on their food?
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@Darkwing (21588)
30 May 09
I use sea salt and if you use it moderately or sensibly, then it doesn't do you any harm. We do need to replace a little of the salt lost through sweating, my friend. I like my potatoes mashed with pepper and butter... mmmmmm. Brightest Blessings.
@gemini_rose (16194)
30 May 09
I dont always add salt to my cooking but there are some things that just need a bit of salt in. I think as long as salt is used in moderation then it is not a problem its when it is used too much and in everything thats when it is unhealthy.
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@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
26 May 09
i always put salt in everything i cook. if i dont i will surely get complaints from my family... we dont put salt shaker on the table... what we have on the table is the seasoning, or fish sauce... if the dish lacks some taste, it's what we add here. i cant live without salt, i can eat rice and salt only... by the way, i disgaree salt being unhealthy, it's not. it just become unhealthy when you consume too much of it. =========== It is healthy to have salt in the diet because it provides sodium, an essential nutrient. We should get around 2,300 mg of salt a dayl. Presently, many people get 4 - 6 grams a day. It is healthy to get 2,300 mg a day to help meet body needs. It is not healthy to consume high levels of sodium -- especially in people whose blood pressure increase with high intake. So, low levels can be healthy and high levels of salt can be unhealthy. reference: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_it_healthy_or_unhealthy_for_salt_in_our_diet =============== [i]salt is essential for healthy digestion, balancing internal fluid levels in the body to prevent swelling, and proper functioning of the nervous system. And did you know that adequate salt levels are a factor in getting a good night's sleep and for preventing muscle cramps? Without salt, calcium absorption is hindered, leading to osteoporosis. Salt even plays a vital role in sexuality and a healthy libido. [/i] reference:http://www.sheknows.com/articles/7642.htm
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• United States
27 May 09
Thank you! That's what I meant. I thought I'd said that. Yes, an over abundance of salt is bad. That's what I was suggesting before. You get what I'm saying.
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
31 May 09
I saw a tv show recently where they were saying that salt is not as bad as everyone has been making out. That was all I needed to hear...although I did listen as to why it was ok to have salt but I don't remember the reasons. I have a friend who uses salt on every mouthful of food....I was waiting for him to die or at least to show the effects of too much salt....but he is fine...very healthy, rarely ill.
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@randoh (63)
• Philippines
31 May 09
Using salt isnt unheathy, our bodies actually need salt in order to function properly. Cows are given salt licks to make sure they have enough salt in their diets. Problems occur when we eat too much salt. Using salt makes a big difference on how the food comes out, and certain dishes do come out better when you put salt when cooking. We dont put salt shakers in the table when we have other people during meals. Our favored cuisine is known for its strong flavors. salt is, however, available if they ask for it.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
30 May 09
I do not use salt in my food. I prefer to enjoy the natural taste of food without any seasoning. However when I find the food too bland, I use soy sauce. We do not use salt at home.
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@meapas (2434)
• India
28 May 09
Anything in excess be it salt or sugar is hazardous not only to health but also to wealth and environment. The key word is moderation and to be used with discretion. Although one can't resist the temptation to remind that the world is made of different tastes, it is always advisable to take this advice with a 'Pinch of salt'.
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• China
28 May 09
In my country, salt must needs be put in cooking. For example, there is a kind of dish called "sweet-and-sour any stuff" as "sweet-and-sour fish", the main reasonings of this dish are sugar and vinegar, but must needs be put a bit salt, only do it so, the taste is very good.
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• India
28 May 09
I guess you are the only person i have seen who doesn'tput salt in the food. how does your food taste then....i guess pathetic:S. Anyway salt isn't a poison ok. So its perfectly normal to use it in a small quantity. But yes you can avoid over use. Yea i put salt in my food.Along with it other spices too. I like spicy things. and yes i do put the salt shaker on the table for things like boiled egg. so if anyone wants to use salt as much as he wants on it, he can. so the point is don't be afraid of salt:P
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@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
27 May 09
If you use just a little salt, I don't think it's that bad. I don't use salt on a lot of dishes though because I was brought up with very little salt on my food. My grandma lived with us and she was on a salt-free diet. So if there was salt in food it was food she either didn't eat or my parents would first get her portion out and add salt later on. So basicly I don't know any better and eat a lot of things saltless. I don't even like the taste of salt on my food 90% of the time.
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@geniustiger (1698)
• Philippines
27 May 09
Yes I will do it to makle my food taste good and better. I did not eat food having no taste at all I always put salt with it. I like also having hot pepper to add more taste to the dish prepared. The food is not good to eat for me if dont have salt.
• China
27 May 09
yes, I put salt in my most food. I like salty food. I don't like sweety food very much. I think salt is necessary to our life. Without it, a person cannot be healthy. I can't imagine how a peron lives without salt. As a Chinese girl who lives in North China, putting a lot of salt in food when cooking is very common. Of course, some people likes sweety food instead of salty food, but it's impossible for them to live without even a little salt.
• China
2 Jun 09
Thank you for your kindness. I will take care of myself. And I'd like to try less salt in the food in the future. Since salt is not so good for my health, it's a good idea to eat it less and less. Take care!
• United States
26 May 09
When it comes to cooking, almost every meat or pasta dish I create doesn't use regular salt, but instead I use Lawry's Seasoned Salt and McCormick's Garlic Powder. It has a lot less sodium than regular salt, and makes a BIG difference in the taste (A great difference). And no matter what you are cooking, whether it's pork, beef or chicken, it can come out delicious. I love it, and I refuse to cook without them. :)
• United States
26 May 09
sorry. i didnt mean to post twice. my computer acts funny sometimes.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
26 May 09
I would add salt if the recipe called for it, otherwise I wouldn't use it while cooking. I do use salt when I am at the table. I don't see anything unhealthy about salt.
• United States
26 May 09
And, for many people, salt isn't a problem. There are weight issues in my family and that could lead to hypertension. I'm just micro-managing the situation and hoping it doesn't turn into health problems. Sort of preventative maintenance.
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
8 Mar 10
I pult salt in the food while I am cooking. We don't have a salt shaker at the table (anyways...besides me..no one sits at the table for a meal). The salt I put is just for taste. My husband usually prefers more salt than I use. Sometimes, he adds a little more to his serving alone. But hes lazy to do it all the time and so he eats the 'healthier' version that I give him.
• Australia
10 Aug 09
I never did this until my I moved in with my hubby & he complained so since then, I add salt to the water when I'm boiling veges. I don't put the salt shaker out at dinner but hubby always adds salt to his dinner before he eats it. I also add saly & pepper to any steak or lamb chop about half an hour before cooking - it seasons them really nice & makes them taste extra yummy.
@Preciousgem (1190)
• Philippines
11 Jun 09
I put some salt when i am cooking, to taste the food better, and maintain the true flavor of the food, especially in vegetable dishes, and when you cook fried fish to add flavor to the fish and shrimp and sometimes i use it in chicken, but now i use crispy fry and flour to the chicken, i put some salt in egg and fried rice.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
10 Jun 09
I put some salt if the recipe calls for salt. Salt is bad for your health but most thing that we eat are bad for us. They say to just use salt or other food and spice in moderation try not to overdue. But I fine that is hard to do. I agree salt does bring out the favor in food so I put some on my food before I eat.
@23uday (2998)
• India
2 Jun 09
hi we add salt our food while cooking.without salt we cannot imagine eating our food.it would be sipid and would be very hard for us to eat.As I am Indian,we lots of spicy food stuff and cooking is incomplete without salt.too much salt is not good for health ,as it contains sodium contents and little amount doesnt harm our health. happy mylotting
@hanah87 (1846)
• Malaysia
1 Jun 09
Of course i put salt in my cooking!If not,the food will not taste delicious and have no taste.But i dont put salt too much and just put it a little.It will effect our blood and heart if we used in big amount.For your information salt is good for make our cell bodystay healthy.I think you have read or get wrong information about salt.It is true salt is unhealthy if we use in large amount but not true if we say salt is unhealthy for human.Maybe you should check back about salt facts.I hope this information will help you something.Thank you.