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Healthy Eating Tip: Don't Salt the Pot

Healthy Eating Tip: Don't Salt the Pot

Has this ever happened to you? When cooking up a big pot of soup, you add salt to enhance the flavor. When you taste a spoonful, you can't even taste it, so you keep sprinkling more and more salt into the pot. In doing so, you can end up adding huge amounts of sodium without realizing it. When you finally pour yourself a bowl, you don't really know how much salt you're actually eating. Next time you put the pot on the stove to start a soup, I suggest not salting the entire pot of soup. Instead, after ladling out individual servings, allow your family or dinner guests to salt their own soup. Everyone will be able to monitor their salt intake more precisely, and I find you're able to taste the salt and other flavors more. You can also reduce the need for salt by flavoring your soups with fresh herbs, spices, and garnishes like Italian parsley.


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Marci Marci 8 years
I read somewhere that when you add salt to food as it cooks, it absorbs it and you can't taste it, and that you should only add it at the end of the cooking or when you serve it. So I started doing that and it makes a big difference in what food tastes like because the flavors really come through and aren't camouflaged under all that salt.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
this will change the taste. not doing it.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
i don't really like salt, which is good for me I suppose. i only put a small tsp in the soup (when i make from scratch) and then let the family salt and pepper to taste on their own. when in hungary, we had to convince my aunt to quit going overboard on the salt. everything she cooked was so salty and finally by the end of our visit she got the hint. -.-
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
OMG, I already do this since we are trying to lower my husbands pressure just a little bit more. He has his completely saltless, and I add some to mine.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yeah, my mom has Meniere's disease and too much sodium really aggravates it. So when she makes soup for dinners, she uses low-sodium stock and doesn't add salt. Since I have fairly low blood pressure and am not affected by too much salt, I add a bit of salt to mine afterwards.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this makes a lot of sense. my problem is that i like my food to be very salty and since i have such low blood pressure, my dr said that it's fine if i have that kind of salt but a lot of people don't have the same situation, so i completely understand this one.
sham28 sham28 8 years
My doctor told me that the excessive sodium is the original content of the foot. Shakes of salt are not the significant dietary concern.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I do not add salt to many of my dishes. Heart disease runs in our family. My dad had 3 heart attacks and triple bipass surgery by the time he was 40. So I grew up with saltless dishes. I only salt maybe the meat before I cook it or salt just my serving.
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