Eliminating Salt

I am sodium sensitive, so when I make dishes, I either eliminate all of the salt or cut it way back. Since cakes, muffins and cookies have baking powder or baking soda in them, is it okay to leave out the salt? Will the baked goods still rise? —P.H., Northfield, Minnesota

Yes, indeed, those baked goods will still rise to the occasion! Salt has no leavening action, but it is a great flavor enhancer. Salt-free cakes, cookies, breads, etc. are likely to be very bland-tasting to anyone who is used to salt in baked goods (and many other dishes). However, in your case, since you are sensitive to sodium, leaving out the salt, or greatly reducing it, makes good sense.