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Jun 29, 2010 09:27 AM

Am I wrong for not likeing salt

I use to normally not add salt to most things I cooked. Recently I have tried to add more salt to my cooking due to seeing how every cooking show seems to scald chefs for not enough salt.
I always have felt that I was a good cook and have been wanting to up my game and maybe even go to school at some point.

Am I totally wrong to dis-like adding salt

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  1. No, not all.

    Each of our palates are different and uniquely appropriate in their own way.

    1. Everyone is different. Moreover, most Americans are already consuming too much salt and too much salt has a negative effect on our bodies. I think it is great that you don't add too much salt.

      1. No, I don't think you are in the wrong by leaving out salt! I often cook without salt, simply because I prefer it and my body responds better to a low sodium diet. I am pretty sodium sensitive -- a big bowl of pho, for instance, leaves me feeling bloated and yucky.

        When I know that guests will be eating my food, I tend to season it at least a bit more than I would for myself. But still not nearly as much as those tv show chefs. Anne Burrell and Ina Garten in particular seem to use a ton of salt.

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        1. re: operagirl

          "a big bowl of pho"...

          I think that could also be MSG

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            ... or a bag of potato chips, or a big helping of Costco rotisserie chicken, or a sandwich with deli meat, pickles and cheese.

            1. re: operagirl

              Got it. This is probably a blessing (your low tolerance for high salt diet).

        2. No. Many people are used to high levels of salt in their food, so it tastes bland to them if they don't use copious amounts of it. I recall a study where it was easy to get people to ramp up quickly on the amount of salt added to their meals, but it was very difficult to get them to decrease the amount of added salt.

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          1. re: raytamsgv

            It's now many years since I stopped cooking with salt, or adding salt to my own plate, but I recall it took me about 2 months to get used to not having it. Nowadays, an "ordinary" amount of salt in a dish just tastes far too salty for me.

            1. re: raytamsgv

              Once I took processed food out of my diet and switched to sea salt I found that I used a lot less. Since I mostly grill, pan fry or steam I never add salt until after cooking. Your body is pretty efficient at getting rid of excess sodium if you drink enough water (NOT soda).

              1. re: raytamsgv

                I think it is partially true that it is easier to get people increase salt in their diet than to get them to decrease, but I won't say it is "very" difficult. It is definitely reversible, unlike eating very hot/spicy food.

              2. Nope you're fine. I've never been a salty person either. With hot pretzels in the case, I always ask the vendor for the one with the least salt on it (or no salt).