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Shakin' It Up with the Skinny on Salt

The Danger is Not in the Shaker


1/12/2009 1:44:23 PM

TJLONG's SparkPage
I used to salt everything. Now, I can't stand to even cook with it. I made a decision about a year ago to cut out salt, not because I was told to by a Dr., I was tired of my legs hurting so bad, I couldn't function. Now, I use no extra salt whatsoever, and even rinse any can goods that I use in cooking. I feel so much better by not using salt
12/30/2008 1:21:52 PM

CAROLEHZ's SparkPage
My husband had alarmingly high blood pressure so we cut back on our use of salt. When you read labels it can be amazing how much sodium some foods contain...and low fat foods... I think they make up for the removal of fat by adding salt. I have noticed that slowly but surely more brands are coming around with lower Sodium or no salt versions of products....It usually takes a lot of reading of labels to find them but they do exist...I have found Low Sodium Worcestershire Sauce and Baking powder and Tomato Paste and sauce...and I've even made our own Catsup using a recipe from the American Heart Associations Low Sodium Cook Book...luckily we have time to cook so we tend not to use convenience foods which really have too much salt.
12/10/2008 7:41:53 AM

SPARKLE72023's SparkPage
I'm lucky that my body immediately reacts to any high intake of salt - - in a very BAD way! So that helps keep me on the 'straight & narrow' (low salt) road.
It's amazing how quickly salt affects blood pressure. Unbelievable.
It's true. The longer you go without salting your food, the more disgusting that mouth-burning, salty will disgust you until you can no longer tolerate it.
Be very careful in restaurants!
10/10/2008 7:33:59 AM

OCTAVIAJ10453's SparkPage
I was really amazed at how much sodium lurks within our foods. I now read labels more than ever.
10/4/2008 1:31:18 PM

If you do cut down on your salt intake, with time your tolerance for salt decreases. Food that once seemed very tasty, such as salted potato chips, tastes oversalty and you find that you can't eat them! Helps cut down on those unhealthy snacks!
9/15/2008 4:41:54 PM

Sea salt, kosher salt, iodized salt, plain salt--IT'S STILL SALT!!! Unless I'm mistaken, salt substitutes contain potassium as their main ingredient, so I don't think they will increase your sodium levels. But if you're on a potassium-restricted diet, even the substitutes need to be avoided. One of the best brands out there that is 100% sodium free is Mrs. Dash. They have a variety of herb blends as well as some marinades. You can find the herb blends alongside the other herbs in the grocery store, and the marinades are alongside the other marinades and sauces.
9/14/2008 11:06:52 AM

If significantly reducing salt from your diet and not a heavy seafood/seaweed eater - make sure you are getting your iodine through vitamin supplements. Thyroid disorders are on the rise.
9/14/2008 5:31:47 AM

I use a product called NO SALT". It's a sodium-free salt. I get it from my Grocery store. No special trip to the healthfood store.
8/25/2008 9:40:53 PM

AUGAUG's SparkPage
Even though reduced sodium foods tend to cost more, I buy them whenever possible! Remember what your values are, and put your $$ into your health.
8/9/2008 2:16:45 PM

I found reading labels to be important.

I've been reducing the amount of salt I add to food. That is all good. At one point I was proud of the fact that I no longer felt the need to add salt to this soup mix I like. When I checked the label I found that 2 servings already had more sodium than I'm supposed to eat in a day and when I'm eating it as an entree I usually eat the whole batch of 4 servings.

Other things that help me. I avoid plain salt. I use garlic salt, seasoned salt, creole or cajun seasoning etc. With flavored salts I can see how much I'm adding and the extra flavor they add allow me to use less anyway. My favorite low-sodium seasoning I found is called Vegit and this tastes great on vegetables and baked potatoes.
6/6/2008 6:49:06 PM

I was surprised to find this article today in the news, and thought it was worth sharing:

WEDNESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Surprising new research suggests that a diet low in salt may be worse for your heart than eating lots of salt.
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5/6/2008 1:56:00 PM

This is for JERZIGRL1118 who is looking for Kelp. Try shoping Orential Stores, Korean Stores, You can find Kelp there. I don't know if they have it in shaker form or not, but you could get the dryed Kelp and grind it up. This contains Sea Salt, so use it sparingly.
5/5/2008 12:40:25 PM

PEGHARP's SparkPage
The most important thing should be READ YOUR LABELS! I have been truly amazed at how much sodium there is in things you wouldn't suspect at all. I've just about given up anything canned...even chips and pretzels really aren't too bad compared to things like canned veggies and soups.
5/5/2008 9:40:54 AM

THEATR_GRL's SparkPage
Great Post! I remember how astonished I was when I first looked at my sodium intake. 0.0
I have not herd of using ground kelp but I would be interested in knowing more. I personally have found that replacing my salt shaker with low sodium Mrs. Dash has helped me out a lot, and only cooking with sea salt seems to curb what I add to my meals before they hit the table.
5/4/2008 7:50:54 AM

JERZIGRL1118's SparkPage
Growing up my Mother never used salt in our food. We used ground Kelp. I believe it's a form of seaweed. But I can't find it ground in shakers anymore. Has anyone heard of this? If so any ideas where to find it? I've already checked all supermarkets and health food stores. :)

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