Answer the following True or False:
When I use herbs and spices, I don’t need to worry about following strict rules about combining certain herbs and spices with certain foods.
True. The only rule is to trust your taste buds and to go easy at first until you know which flavors you prefer and which herbs and spices go well together.
The flavor of low-fat foods is enhanced by herbs and spices.
True. When you cut down the amount of fat in recipes, you will want to add more herbs and spices for the same amount of flavor.
If I cut back on the amount of salt I use, I’ll be robbing my body of an important mineral.
False. Sodium is an important mineral, but most of us consume more than we need.
Dried herbs and spices will keep indefinitely on my kitchen shelves.
False. Herbs and spices do have a shelf life. For the best flavor, do not keep dried herbs and spices for more than a year.
Herb vinegar is useful for flavoring food.
True. Herb vinegar can add flavor to many dishes. You can buy ready-made herb vinegars, or make your own.
Food without salt is bland and boring.
False. The best thing about cutting back on salt is that you become reacquainted with the natural flavor of the foods you eat.
People are born with a taste for salt. It’s natural to want to use it in our food.
False. Salt is an acquired taste. Just as we learn the taste for salt, we can unlearn it.
Most of the sodium comes from processed foods.
True. Much of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods. However, many reduced-sodium foods are now available.
March 25, 2013
Averett, Jennifer, RD