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Shakin' It Up with the Skinny on Salt

The Danger is Not in the Shaker


12/10/2010 9:52:01 AM

Great topic! Tracking your sodium is a great way to prevent heart problems later on. There are some good low sodium cooking books, websites, etc too.,, are just a few that have saved me from a heart transplant.
6/13/2010 2:49:33 PM

TRICIAN13's SparkPage
My taste buds have seemed to be particularly sensitive to salt all my life. Even as a child I couldn't eat such things as scrambled eggs when salt had been added during the cooking. So, as I began cooking myself, I always cut back on the salt--sometimes omitting it entirely. When making all of my "old family recipes" and any new ones, I always cut back (at least 50%, if not more) on the salt. And, since I've been using sea salt, I can cut even that reduced amount in half as sea salt has a more intense flavor so you need to use less.

I use a lot more herbs and spices to flavor foods and, although my family knows this and I always tell guests that I cook with very little salt, if any, and they should feel free to add salt at the table if they want, usually after tasting the food they don't.

And for those who have to switch to a low- or no-sodium diet, it will take about 3 weeks to get used to the diet--after that you'll see that the really true taste of foods comes out and that it tastes great.
5/10/2010 4:03:10 PM

AWAITING1's SparkPage
I use Mrs. Dash Non Salt Products With All My Cooking. Comes In Different Flavors.
4/21/2010 12:09:57 PM

LEVERB66's SparkPage
Does water consumption offset sodium intake at all?
4/15/2010 11:15:36 AM

SWEETTOOTH10's SparkPage
I have to watch the salt,as I have high Blood pressure. I Try hard to avoid too much processed foods, and for the most part, I do well.As long as i do most of my cooking from scratch, and don't eat out much. Dr Oz Also recommended trying Himaylan salt, because it is purer than regular salt.I Think I will buy it since there's a factory near by here.and The cost may be lower because of that. That and I 'm Curous to see what the fuss is about!
3/21/2010 10:24:19 PM

LOVE_2_RUN's SparkPage
Great article. I have eliminated most add salt from my diet, especially from the salt shaker, since my husband was diagnosed with high blood pressure. The only sodium I intentionally add is from hot sauce. I try to always choose low or no sodium canned goods or make my own. I also was very surprised how much sodium naturally occurs in foods. Who would think some veggies contain sodium.
2/17/2010 11:35:59 AM

ASLEDZ's SparkPage
I usually have between 1500 and 2500mg of sodium, but one day I had a can of the Smart Ones soups for lunch and a frozen dinner for dinner... and my sodium for that day was over 20,000mg!! I couldn't believe it!
2/10/2010 10:56:25 PM

CDRGRAN's SparkPage
Have been surprised or amazed at how much salt naturally is present in foods. My blood pressure was a bit high and the doctor said cut back on salt! When I began tracking it I was shocked. 95% of my cooking is scratch but now I know cheese is a salt mine and I do love cheese. Thanks for the good information.
2/10/2010 11:17:56 AM

This article has so much vital information for me. I am constantly trying to avoid food with high levels of salt. That is not an easy task.
1/28/2010 6:05:27 PM

Salt is such an important element in our diets and so easy to get too much. I ask a question on the Dr. Oz website about the possible danger of aluminum in antiperspirants, cooking utensils , foil etc. as related to Alzheimers. I was surprised when the answer came back that table salt had aluminum in it to prevent clumping. He recommended using SEA SALT which is free of that aditive, since some studies indicated a possible connection to Alzheimers and mental illness from aluminum derivities.
1/13/2010 11:10:53 AM

Lots of good info here. My biggest surprise was the amount of salt in Tomato products. The best policy is to make as much as possible from scratch. Another item I use is available in 99cent stores . When I ran out , I read the ingredients on the empty container and made my own...not perfect but perfectly good!
1/12/2010 8:36:15 AM

This article is so timely for me, as I just started tracking my sodium on my nutrition tracker. I don't have high blood pressure, but the last few times it was checked at the doctor's office it was higher than normal for me, so I decided to see just what my daily sodium intake was. Boy was I shocked! I normally consume at least 2,500 mg of salt, without adding salt to food and using salt free alternatives like Mrs. Dash. I found out that the main culprits are canned soup and packaged deli meats. I appreciate the tips for lowering sodium intake and will definitely stay away from processed foods and will prepare things like soups myself to control the sodium intake.
1/11/2010 12:13:21 PM

My biggest problem with salt is, as this article states, in the things I purchase. I know reading labels helps, and there is variety in the amounts of sodium per item, but it seems even the lowest amount is too high. I have an especially hard time with salad dressings.
1/11/2010 8:17:56 AM

PAMELA0213's SparkPage
For those looking for a less expensive alternative to commercially available products like "Mrs. Dash" try this recipe:

1 Tablespoon each: Ground Thyme, Dry Mustard, Onion Power, Garlic Powder, Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon: Ground White Pepper
1/11/2010 1:27:22 AM

It's really easy to make your own salsa to lower sodium. using fresh tomatoes and peppers as a base. However, if you have to use canned tomato products or pickled jalapenos, check the salt content on them and try to find a product with the lowest level.
I'm happy that this article makes the point that it's not the salt shaker or salt added by you that is the problem; it's the sodium in the products we buy and really can't "taste". Cheese also has high sodium.

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