How to make products without salt that have taste?


At we are convinced that taste and pleasure must be at the heart of salt-free cooking , which is why we have created the Exalt product range, the first range of salt-free pleasure products designed for everyday life . !

When it comes to flavoring salt-free cooking, the first tip that usually comes to mind is to use herbs and spices . It is indeed a classic technique, but it is not the only one.

For Exalt products to be so good without salt , we are also working on the fifth flavour: Umami .

Mmm... but what is Umami ?

Umami means " tasty taste " in Japanese, but it was Frenchman Auguste Escoffier who discovered it.

It is one of the 5 known flavors that can be detected by the taste buds after sweet, salty, sour and bitter.

It's pretty easy to identify the other 4 flavors, but what does Umami taste really mean? It is in fact this little taste that gives the mouth water , which brings this touch of sapidity and which makes you say "yum" after a good bite. Umami is a deep and rich flavor that we find in many of our favorite foods, without us being able to put our finger on it. It is this subtle sensation that marks the palate and lingers in the mouth , making us want to eat more. We taste it every day, but few of us really manage to identify this flavor...

...because Umami is often confused with salt!

While many people associate their favorite foods with a salty taste, it's actually the Umami flavor that leaves that taste and length in the mouth .

Exalt 's know-how is to understand and identify Umami in order to create tasty and low-salt products. And it is for this reason that we do not notice the absence of salt in our products.

How to identify Umami ?

There is a misconception that only salty foods contain Umami flavor. This is likely because many foods high in Umami are also high in salt. For example, soy sauce, standard broths and charcuterie. But Umami is actually chemically and physiologically quite different from salt.

Recognizing Umami is not complicated. Most of the common foods we eat every day are high in umami: tomatoes , mushrooms , balsamic vinegar , and red wine are prime examples of foods high in umami .

Combining these foods further enhances the Umami taste. Also, reducing these foods concentrates the Umami flavor. From now on, whenever you identify a taste that is deep and pleasant and is not sweet, salty, sour or bitter, you will have found Umami .