Our bodies need salt, it helps control our fluid balance and also controls the way our muscles and nerves work. Generally, our bodies automatically regulate how much salt there is present – if the level gets too high we get thirsty and drink, this speeds up the elimination of salt through our kidneys.
Too much salt can have an adverse effect on our bodies as can too little salt and there are some diseases, such as Meniere’s disease, where salt intake needs to monitored and restricted.
Meniere’s disease is a condition of the inner ear which disturbs balance and hearing and quite often causes bouts of severe vertigo. It is believed that since high salt intake causes fluid retention, a diet high in salt can lead to an increase of fluid within the inner ear often resulting in nausea and dizziness.
Having been diagnosed with Meniere’s disease in 2011, author, Emily George, changed her approach to food, looking for a low sodium diet to make her crippling condition more manageable.
But simply throwing out the salt shaker was not the answer. Firstly, if you are used to adding salt to your food, suddenly cutting out this ingredient will make everything taste bland and boring. Secondly, about three quarters of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy.
Doing her research, Emily up-rooted her family’s diet and tried a no salt approach to cooking and was pleasantly surprised with the amazing flavours she discovered when she began experimenting with mixing herbs and spice, instead of salt and salty ingredients, to add flavour.
Emily is now sharing her research and knowledge in her debut book The No Salt Cookbook.
This delightful hardcover book is full of delicious recipes that will tantalise your tastebuds with the use herbs and spices to add levels of flavour without compromising on taste. Based on the known benefits of the Mediterranean style of cooking, The No Salt Cookbook is full of traditional Italian and Portuguese style dishes ranging from entrees, soups, salads, mains and sweets. There is also a section for the basics – Low Sodium Vegetable, Chicken and Beef Stocks, Sundried Tomatoes and a Low Sodium White Bread.
Beautifully photographed, The No Salt Cookbook has easy to follow instructions for recipes that you will find nutritious and delicious whether you are medically required to reduce salt intake, someone who wishes to simply improve health or someone who loves delicious food.
No Salt Cookbook
New Holland Publishers
RRP – AU$35.00
Available from all good bookstores or online