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Cutting Back on Salt? Use This Instead.

Cutting Back on Salt? Use This Instead.

Cooking can sure be a pain if you’re watching your salt intake. How many recipes are there that don’t contain the stuff? You can certainly opt for a commercial salt substitute, but they tend to have weird aftertastes and aren’t healthy for everyone.

Using plenty of herbs and spices is a common way many people get around adding salt. And that can be a great way to flavor food. But it doesn’t always help with one of the most important reasons salt is so common in cooking: drawing out the flavor of other ingredients in a dish.

That’s where lemon comes in. Sour flavors, like lemon, have much more in common with salty flavors than any of the other main types of flavor — sweet, bitter and umami. Also like salt, sour flavors make your mouth water more, which helps your taste buds in, well, tasting. Sure, there are plenty of other sour flavors that will help in the same way, but lemon juice has the benefit of being so darn consistent.

Skip the salt shaker, and finish your dishes with a little lemon juice. Squeeze some on roasted vegetables, add a little to your pasta sauces or nearly-done soups, make salad dressings with the juice and add a little to rice dishes.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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9:55PM PST on Jan 14, 2015


3:54AM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

We have been using Sea Salt at our house for a long time now!! Just a little goes a long way!!

11:11AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014


5:12AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

There's always an alternative available

7:38AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

The short of it. . . . MODERATION! One tends to use increasing amounts of salt as if the taste buds are becomimg immune to it. Sea salt is not only reported as being better for you, its taste is stronger per the measured amount. Remaining conscious of the amount you're pouring and controlling it, and perhaps treating small amounts rather than trying to salt the whole batch at once is also helpful.

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3:31PM PST on Feb 11, 2014

Or you can just get used to eating things without salt.

3:57AM PST on Feb 11, 2014

Thank you

1:55PM PST on Feb 7, 2014


6:06AM PST on Feb 5, 2014


2:55AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

I use lemon instead of vinegar, plus also use lemon pepper often.

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Well, I'm a blubbering, cooing mess!

Yes I knew there was a definition. As there is for many different food products with specific recipe…

Cute, but only for cats. Please don't try to emulate.

Thanks for sharing.

anything for a treat :)


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