Mediterranean Sea Salt Trio
I was shocked to discover that roughly 75% of the daily salt consumption by the average American comes from processed food. Sure, I have read that the USDA recommends that we limit our intake of salt to 2,300 mg or roughly 1 teaspoon of salt, but there is no question that salt improves flavors. No less of authority then the late Marcella Hazan stated that “Nothing is so necessary to the production of taste as salt.” What to do?
As someone who loves to cook, I avoid processed foods and focus instead on healthy fruits and vegetables and humanely raised meats. Rather than cook with salt, I tend to flavor my food with finishing salts, generally large sea salt crystals. Aside from being able to control my intake of salt, the bold colors of these infused sea salts adds both texture and color to most dishes. My dinner guests would most certainly agree.
In fact, my husband and I have taken it one step further by creating our our brand of Mediterranean sea salts that are harvested from salt beds and imported from Cyprus. We are thrilled to offer this trio of Mediterranean sea salts to fellow gourmands.
Why Gourmet Living's Mediterranean Sea Salts?
- 100% natural sea salts harvested from salt beds in Cyprus
- Rich black and while flakes and citrus lemon infused sea salts for color, texture and flavor
- Give your foods some Mediterranean backbone with natural finishing salts
- Just a little pinch of natural sea salt goes a long way to boost flavor profiles
- Buy a set for your friends. These colorful sea salts make for great house-warming gifts
Flavor and the Mediterranean DietIn my opinion, the "farm-to-table" and "slow food" are manifestations of a desire to eat healthy, non-processed foods. People in Mediterranean countries have been eating that way long before the "Mediterranean diet" became popular. The Mayo Clinic defines a Mediterranean diet as follows:
If you're looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you. The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps even a glass of red wine — among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
Most healthy diets include fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, and limit unhealthy fats. While these parts of a healthy diet remain tried-and-true, subtle variations or differences in proportions of certain foods may make a difference in your risk of heart disease.A recent visit to Italy has only confirmed that meats and vegetables produced the old-fashioned way by real farmers have more taste than simulated produce that you find in most supermarkets. Add sea salt as a finishing salt to braised vegetables or meat, simply increases the flavor profile.
Things You Should Know About Salt and Sea SaltMany vendors promote the health benefits of one salt over another and, most certainly, hype sea salt, but all salt - whether mined or harvested from the sea - is virtually identical. Found below are a few considerations you may wish to take into consideration when purchasing salt:
- Colored salts are generally infused with other minerals to make them more appealing to consumers;
- The sodium (generally NaCl) levels in most salts are virtually identical, although sea salt crystals tend to be larger than processed "table salts,"
- There is no clear evidence that sea salt is more nutritional than table salt;
- Iodine in salt is equivalent to fluoride in toothpaste. Most independent studies suggest that if you are eating a balanced diet, there is no need for iodized salt. Sea salt does not naturally have iodine, so it has no material impact on your retention of iodine.
How to Use Sea Salt
Over the years, I have learned to cook with less salt and let the natural ingredients of the food speak for themselves. Nevertheless, I do believe that a dash of "sea salt" does accentuate the flavor of most foods. As such, I use sea salt crystals mainly as a finishing salt to add both flavor and color to my dishes.
A little salt goes a long way to improve the flavor profile of most dishes.