We know, we know. Low-sodium cooking sounds about as exciting as flossing or getting an annual physical. But, we're sorry to say, just like those other things, it's important. That's because while some sodium is necessary to regulate your bodily fluids, too much of it can cause water to build up in your blood, leading to an increase of blood volume -- a surefire way to increase your blood pressure.
Think of it another way: Salt is actually a cheater's way out. Whether you're making a gourmet feast or just whipping up some scrambled eggs, it's easy -- and usually quite satisfying to your taste testers -- to just sprinkle on some salt and let it carry the bulk of the flavor load for your dish.
True creativity in the kitchen, though, requires you to step away from the shaker and turn instead to other ingredients that can add more complex and interesting flavor to your dishes. Not only will things actually taste better -- really, they will! -- but your body will also be better for it.
Here, we offer five smart, easy and effective ways to slash the salt while turning up the taste.