Most tables in America have two choices for enhancing the flavor of food at meal times: the salt shaker and the pepper grinder. Nevertheless, salt is still the most commonly used ‘spice’ in America as over 6 million tons are used each year in America (much of that is added directly to processed foods which are a staple of the standard American diet).
Salt was extremely important in the ancient world before refrigeration as it was one of the major means for preserving food. In fact, early Roman soldier were paid in salt and this gave birth to the term salary later.
While Salt (NaCl) is vital for the human body to perform as the sodium ions are critical for nerve and muscle function, all the salt we need can be obtained from the food we eat. A salt shaker is not needed to optimize health. In fact, too much salt has been linked to health issues such as hypertension, abnormal heart development, osteoporosis, and kidney disorders (although recent research has suggested the risks are smaller than once thought).
Here is a list of 40 spices and herbs to replace salt in your dishes and at the table:
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