Consumer Reports: How Salt Substitutes Really Taste

If you’re trying to cut back on sodium, you’ve probably gotten the advice to cook with plenty of herbs and spices. Their flavor punches up dishes, so you can lay off the saltshaker. But it can sometimes still feel like something’s missing.

That’s because the taste of salt, or sodium chloride, is hard to replace, says Paul Breslin, PhD, a member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center and professor of nutritional sciences at Rutgers University. Our bodies need the mineral to function, so we’re hardwired to like saltiness.

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