August 29th is National Lemon Juice Day. Sunkist has a recommendation for people who should cut down on their salt intake—and that’s just about all of us.
They call it the S’alternative Choice. It’s lemon juice, an excellent substitute for salt.
The average American consumes twice the amount of recommended sodium daily. Uh oh.
Even if you’re in great shape now, as you hit middle age, the excess sodium can create serious problems.
While much of the salt we consume is in prepared and processed foods, you can reduce the salt in recipes—including proteins, grains, soups, salads, rubs and seasoning mixes—up to 75% without compromising flavor.
Sunkist commissioned a study at Johnson & Wales University to explore how to reduce salt with citrus. Global Master Chef Karl Guggenmos worked with Sunkist to develop what they call the “optimal blend”:
In everyday cooking, use 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon zest before/during cooking. Finish cooked food with 2-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice.
Here are other ways to substitute for salt: