Nature provides us with natural seasonings that replace salt in a natural way, in turn providing us with a whole set of interesting nutritional properties for our health. Discover the best.
When a person is diagnosed with high blood pressure, it is usually quite common for their doctor to reduce or even eliminate their salt intake through their diet.
The key is, on the one hand, to eliminate those foods rich in salt from our diet, and to discover some guidelines or basic health tips useful when reducing salt in our diet.
But taking into account that salt stands out for its sodium content, and that sodium is an essential mineral for our body, the key is to look for alternatives to salt that provide us with the sodium necessary for the proper functioning of our body.
And it is that these alternatives, completely healthy, can be considered as authentic natural seasonings, which in addition to being healthy provide us with flavor and aroma to our dishes.
The best natural seasonings:
Natural seasonings have the advantage that they are healthy seasonings, generally low in calories, which in addition to adding flavor and aroma to our dishes, help us to substitute the salt in them.
In addition, as they are natural, they provide us with greater benefits and properties than the salt itself.
Below we summarize the main seasonings that could become an excellent healthy and natural option for your dishes as salt substitutes:
Spices and herbs:
They are the best substitutes and alternatives to salt that exist from a not only natural point of view, but also from a nutritional point of view. Depending on the dish that we are going to eat or that we are preparing, the choice of one spice or another will give us a different flavor or aroma.
- Basil: Provides a strong aroma to dishes. Ideal to combine with pasta, rice, tomatoes, eggs, aubergines and peppers.
- Anise: Herb widely used in savory dishes. It is able to enhance the flavor of salads and boiled vegetables, while in desserts it provides a slightly sweeter and more aromatic flavor.
- Dill: It has a delicate aroma and a somewhat spicy flavor. It is ideal to add it to dishes with potatoes, fish (such as salmon), soups and peas.
- Tarragon: Similar to parsley, it adds flavor to vegetables, salads, mustards and sauces.
- Fennel: Similar to anise, but with a stronger flavor. It is useful in salads, fish or soups.
- Laurel: Improves the flavor of dishes with meat and broths, such as stews or casseroles.
- Oregano: It is the best known in Italian cuisine for its use in pastas, pizzas or salads, thanks to its aromatic power.
- Parsley: Adds a different touch to the dishes to which it is added. It goes very well with salads or egg dishes.
- Thyme: Used to flavor a wide variety of dishes, among which zucchini, potatoes or aubergines stand out.
Commercial seasoning products:
At present we can find a great variety of commercial seasonings that basically fulfill the same function as the spices, herbs and plants indicated in the previous section.
But they add an advantage (although they may not be so natural): they are already prepared directly for culinary use, without having to wash, dry, cut and grind them.
Homemade and commercial broths:
They also become another option within the different natural seasonings that can help us reduce the consumption of salt in our diet, but without taking away the flavor of our dishes.
Although homemade broths are always the best option, we can also find broths on the market that come in bricks, easy to use, consume and store.