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Culinary spices could replace salt in dishes

Spices are an ideal salt replacement

Herbs and spices are great alternatives to salt for those trying to improve their diet in 2011.

This is the view of consumer science expert Debbie Wilburn, who said in a Gainesville Times article that a wide range of foods - including beef recipes and chicken recipes - can be made to taste great with culinary herbs.

Using information provided by the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, she suggested sage, thyme and bay leaf - as well as nutmeg, pepper and marjoram - work well with beef meals, while thyme, paprika, oregano, ginger and tarragon, among others, are suited to chicken.

And for those preparing fish recipes, pepper, paprika, curry powder and dry mustard are some of the ingredients that can replace the taste of salt.

"The amount to add varies with the type of spice or herb, type of recipe and personal preference," Ms Wilburn was quoted as saying, adding those creating their own recipe from scratch should only use "one or two" spices to start with.

Diane Harris, writing for Penn Live, recently said many people consume more salt than the recommended daily average, due partially to adding the condiment to their food once it has been prepared.

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