CANTIKA.COM, Jakarta – Did you know, there are still many Indonesian people who like salty and savory foods. However, eating foods that contain too much salt can lead to health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, stomach cancer, kidney stones, and stroke.
Therefore, to maintain a healthy lifestyle, limiting salt intake is as important as eating fruits and vegetables. This was said by a Dietitian and Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Doctor Johanes Casay Chandrawinata.
According to him, the sodium content in MSG is only 1/3 the sodium content in salt. Reducing salt intake is highly recommended to achieve optimal health levels.
Several studies by Leong et al. have proven the benefits of MSG which can help reduce salt intake but while maintaining the salty taste and palatability of low-salt foods. The amount of salt can be said to adjust the taste of the person who is cooking.
However, Johanes said that there was a research result “A study on sensory properties of sodium reduction and replacement in Asian food using difference-from-control test” (2015) by Jasmine Leong et al. which describes the right amount of salt for cooking.
According to the results of this study, one liter of water requires eight grams of salt so that the taste of food is not too salty but not too salty. “We’ll see how many liters of water we use to make soup, for example,” said Johanes at the “Ajinomoto Media Appreciation Day” event on Tuesday, February 15, 2020.
“For stir-fry, of course, the amount of salt will be less because the volume of water is less and the salt is directly mixed with vegetables or meat, for example,” continued Johanes.
Johanes suggests giving 1/2 teaspoon of salt for a serving of stir-fried vegetables. The dose is already half of the recommended salt consumption per person per day.
This is done so that the taste of the food remains umami, but not too salty. “One teaspoon of salt added 1/2 to one teaspoon of MSG for daily cooking,” advises Johanes.
Ajinomoto believes that healthy food should also be delicious. Therefore, at this event Ajinomoto also introduced the “Salt Wisdom” program. This program is a meticulous solution to reduce the use of salt in every dish while maintaining a balanced taste.
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