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Old 06-23-2014, 03:16 PM   #11
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Another benefit of cooking with salt is that it counters bitter flavors.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:23 PM   #12
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Assuming you don't have condition that precludes the use of salt in food, I find that my boddy regulates its own salt intake. When it's hot and I'm perspiring a lot and I drink more to replace fluid loss I find my food needs more salt to taste good than when the weather is cooler and I'm not drinking as much.

Under normal weather conditions I don't use much salt at all and never put it on my plate of food unless it's chips (you can't eat chips without salt and malt vinegar!) or eggs, and I don't put a lot in when I'm cooking. I sometimes even forget to salt potatoes when boiling them and I don't miss the salt.

Interestingly, although I am overweight both my cholesterol level and my blood pressure are normal.
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:17 PM   #13
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They used to say that, if you can't taste the salt tablets, you really need them. Isn't that an extraordinary adaptation, that the body responds by killing the taste of salt and inducing you use more.

I am making an effort to use less salt. Not because I'm worried about its effects, but because I'd like to experience the real flavor of the food, and I've always tended to use more salt than necessary. (The effort is not entirely successful, to say the least.)
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...I am making an effort to use less salt. Not because I'm worried about its effects, but because I'd like to experience the real flavor of the food, and I've always tended to use more salt than necessary. (The effort is not entirely successful, to say the least.)

As a kid growing up, my parents and sister used to grimace at how much salt I used. I still use salt more than many. However, I use less in my cooking because I know that otherwise it would be too salty for some. The key is to not let anyone see you adding salt as they will ALWAYS think it's too much because "everyone knows Andy uses too much salt"
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As a kid growing up, my parents and sister used to grimace at how much salt I used. I still use salt more than many. However, I use less in my cooking because I know that otherwise it would be too salty for some. The key is to not let anyone see you adding salt as they will ALWAYS think it's too much because "everyone knows Andy uses too much salt"
Andy, you may be one of those people who tastes bitter flavors more than most people and adding salt suppresses bitterness: http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/...trumps-bitter/
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They used to say that, if you can't taste the salt tablets, you really need them. Isn't that an extraordinary adaptation, that the body responds by killing the taste of salt and inducing you use more.
GLC---- Could you furnish us with some valid articles that address that lack of taste for salt? I'd never heard that and would be interested in reading them.
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Andy, you may be one of those people who tastes bitter flavors more than most people and adding salt suppresses bitterness: http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/...trumps-bitter/

GG, I haven't noticed that to be the case. When others cook, I don't taste bitterness. I just believe that most people don't use enough salt in cooking. This is evident if you watch an actual chef doing real cooking. They really load up with salt.
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I agree with you - I'm a salt fiend I had seared scallops over squid-ink fettuccine once. I tasted the fettuccine by itself, to see if it had a flavor of its own (it didn't) and it was bland. Then I tasted it with some of the scallop, which had been well-salted and beautifully seared and it was delicious And I sometimes use finishing salts like smoked or the Himalayan pink salt. Yummy
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I love salt. My weight and stress levels dictate my blood pressure more than anything. Even though I'm a little overweight, my blood pressure is perfect because I exercise.

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There is a school of thought that food manufacturers use excessive salt in order to cover up poor ingredients especially in cheap ready meals.
I recently bought a package of Zatarin's rice and beans. It was good, but they really could do as good or better job with less salt.
I like salt and this product is very salty. Very salty.

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I have reduced my salt intake enough that I find KFC chicken too salty for me.
I hope more vendors will come out with a lower salt version. I'd love to have some KFC chicken again.
I have always thought KFC was salty and i have never worried about or changed my salt intake.
Salt and pepper is what makes fried chicken so good.
But once again. they could ease up on the salt and most likely the product would still be good.
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