Salt Alternatives (it's a real stretch, if you ask me...)
(Based on an article from the January 2011 issue of Prevention magazine. I've paraphrased their suggestions and added my own comments in italics.)
Onions and garlic are the quintessential flavor boosters. True, but it's still better with salt.
Herbs and spices jazz up bland food, while adding few (if any) calories. This can be as simple as grinding a bit of fresh black pepper or as fancy as chopping fresh cilantro or basil. Salt would kick it up another notch, though.
Peppers and pepper sauces add heat and give the tongue something to do besides search for salt. But when my tongue searches for salt, it expects to find some.
I'm sorry, but in my mind, "salt alternative" is a paradox. Those two words are mutually exclusive: there is no alternative to salt- not a good one anyway! But I'll keep trying...
Types of Salt
(also according to Prevention magazine)
- treated to prevent clumping
- often iodized
- least expensive
- flavor depends on body of water it's from
- often milder than table salt
- usually sold in flakes rather than grains
- can be very expensive compared to table salt
- larger crystals
- less processed than table salt
- costs just a bit more than table salt, so is an inexpensive alternative to sea salt
If you have a favorite salt alternative, or if you're a salt addict like me, tell me about it. If, like my husband, you don't give a hoot about salt, I don't really want to hear from you this time!