A spoonful of salt helps the sugar go down.

by Michael on February 7, 2012 · 1 comment

in Commentary,Technique

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A little salt can help reduce the sugar in your food. The salt “helps” the sugar be sweeter by changing how your tongue works.

How? Well, it depends on your point of view. One thought is that the tongue reacts to the added salt so it does not register bitterness. Things like coffee, lemon and chocolate taste sweeter because the bitterness is out of way.

The other thought is that the extra sodium binds with the bitter chemicals in food to form neutral salts. So you taste the sweetness more. Either way, adding a bit of salt could let you reduce the sugar in a recipe by almost 20%… In a most delightful way.

File this under how to cook. Most recipes have this in mind when they are written – the one that comes to mind is chocolate chip cookies. But f you come across a recipe that has a lot of sugar and no salt; experiment away.

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1 Ally Muscarella July 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Never knew that .

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