Cut salt intake by adding herbs and spices to your food instead

People with hypertension have a greater taste for salt than people with normal blood pressure. This small study suggests that using seasonings to replace salt could help cut salt intake among people with hypertension. In the first part of this study a group of people with hypertension and a group of people with normal blood pressure did a taste test of breads that were identical except for sodium level. In that test 68% of the people with high blood pressure and 31% of those with normal blood pressure chose the saltier bread. Researchers added oregano to the bread recipe and retested the study participants. This time only 14% of the people with high blood pressure chose the saltier bread and none of the people with normal blood pressure did so. This is a small study and differences between the groups did not meet statistical significance, so the findings could have occurred by chance. But using spices and herbs to reduce salt intake has not been explored much in the treatment of high blood pressure. Taste is the “big uncharted domain,” Dr Domenic Sica, president elect of the American Society of Hypertension, told MedPage Today. It is an area that could potentially be important in the long term, according to Sica. The findings were presented at the American Society of Hypertension meeting. This information should be considered as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.