Did you use salt every time you cook?
16 May 07
I don't use salt very often I find that I don't like thetaste of salty foods, and my kids, grown up now also don't cook with salt often either. I find that I can't eat most packaged foods simply because of the salt content. They make me feel sick
16 May 07
being salt conscious in your diet is becoming the trend nowadays? at home, i always use salt whenever i cook and so far, i have met no problems with it. i do not like too salty foods either but definitely, i want my food to have enough salt to taste. it is monosodium glutamate which we have stopped using for some years now.
17 May 07
for me it really depends on what i'm eating. things like potatoes and salads do not need salt. but for most hot food, i would prefer to have a dash of salt or so. maybe just that being in an asian upbringing, we tend to use salt quite a bit. however these days, i do watch my salt intake closely eversince working in a healthcare institution. sometimes i have to eat out, so i cant really choose not to have salt in my meals.
17 May 07
I have to agree with your husband on this one, in large amounts it isn't good for you. I grew up with a family that was very heavy on the salt. My father would even add salt to meat pies, sausage rolls and even sandwiches would get a snow covered coating! Because he was heavy with the salt me and my siblings also would pile it on, in the end we were not actually tasting the flavour of foods but everything was flavoured like salt. I have since cut back on salt and hardly ever use it, although there is no doubt the rest of my family still use it like it is going out of fashion. I now do not add it to cooking I add as needed once cooked and then only a bit, I now notice the flavours of food more and find other healthier ways to flavour foods rather than just piling the salt on. I found when I was a smoker I used a lot more salt as well , maybe as this destroys the taste buds I don't know, but I know now that many foods have a nice natural flavour and most do not need salt added, a lot of things are already quite high in salt so thanks really to my husband who gave me the same advice yours is giving you, I now eat healthier and find I really didn't need salt in the first place. It is something we get use to.
16 May 07
salt is needed by our body. excessive use of it is what is bad. just as sugar is needed by our body and excessive intake of it is what is bad. anything if taken in excesses will harm our body systems. we have to take everything in moderation. zero salt in our diet will also be bad for us.
29 May 07
Hi happymom1, i dont think it that way to be so strict that the sprinkle is also not allowed. Salt is nothing else but Sodium Chloride , and one should know that it is an essential nutrient , element which our body cannot manufacture itself. it plays a vital role in regulating many bodily functions. it is very essential in maintaining body's fluid balance. To survive, everybody here needs to cinsume sodium regularly. if there is excess, it is automatically disposed of by the body. but one should know tjat excess to everything is bad, nothing is good, so why salt ..........
21 May 07
I do like to have a little salt on my food. Just a dash of it. Salt helps to add some taste to the food and a little salt makes food seem tastier. However, I try to avoid adding too much salt because as it can cause health problems later in life. Also, I definitely avoid extremely salty food. Because too much salt makes food unpalatable.
17 May 07
Hi there im a salt lover there is nothink i wont add salt too, I know its bad for u and that but i love it, i dont cook using salt i always add it to my food after its cook cause the kids and my husband dont like salt oh well all the more for me.
16 May 07
There are a couple of points to make here. Firstly, humans need salt to live. It's as simple as that. As with most things in life, it's a case of moderation, and knowing how much is too much. If you're talking about food you've prepared from scratch, then you will probably need to add a little salt, or it won't taste of much, or (if you're making pastry, baking bread, or other things) won't rise properly - salt being needed for the chemical reaction in the making of certain foods. However, if you're worried about your health with regards salt, try using rock or sea salt, as they have a stronger flavour so you don't need as much, and not containing the anti-caking ingredients they put in table salt (which are almost as unhealthy as too much salt) it's altogether the healthier option. But don't cut out salt from your diet altogether unless your doctor recommends it for a particular health condition. Too much salt is bad for you (as too little is), but don't throw out the baby with the bathwater and do away with it altogether, or you'll have other health problems (and bland food too - it's not a case of a salty flavour being better than food's natural flavour, rather a little salt brings out the flavour of the food you're cooking, which might otherwise taste of very little).
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16 May 07
Depends on the food. For hot meals I usually use a little salt because it enhances the flavor of everything else. Excessive sodium consumption is definitely bad for you, but the body does need some salt. Since a lot of foods contain natural salt, you don't need to add any to your food to get what you need. Moderate addition of salt will not adversely affect your health, especially if you drink a lot of water. The body balances sodium and water. So enjoy a little bit of salt, and drink a tall glass of water with each meal.