In honor of More Herbs, Less Salt Day, we thought it would be a good time to talk about the many ways you can add flavor to your food without reaching for those sodium-filled crystals. You may have noticed that some of the tastiest food in the world doesn’t even use much salt. Many cuisines, like Thai, Himalayan, and Mediterranean, barely rely on salt to get the umami they’re able to achieve. And, the truth is that, salt doesn’t really offer much beyond taste. We do need some sodium in our diet but, most of us are nowhere near risking a sodium deficiency. Most of us suffer from consuming too much salt. Which is a shame because, the hundreds of herbs we could be using instead not only taste better, but offer health benefits ranging from immunity boosting to calorie burning. So here are herbs and spices you should be using instead of salt.
Oregano is just as good fresh or dried and makes a wonderful addition to Mediteranean and Greek food. Add it to your vegetable salad with olive oil and a little vinegar, or pump up the flavor in your bruschetta with it.