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1/31/10 11:27 P

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Sounds yummy! Both salts are wonderful, when you need a little something, but don't want to overdo, as they have so much rich flavor without causing a lot of sodium to be added to the dish.

Ok, now you have me hungry for soup!

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1/30/10 10:16 A

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Last night I found some sea salt I had forgotten about and since it was open I decided to use it in a lentil (which I had never had before) and potato soup with veggies. I put 0.25 tsp in which came out to 8 - one cup servings. It was very good and didn't taste bland to me (of course my sister said it needed more salt since she resalts everything). Still haven't tried the losher salt yet.

Slow but will get there!


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1/25/10 4:56 P

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I hear you! My hub's and my work schedules were so bad that I had often turned to convenience and fast food items, pre-packaged mixes and such. But, no more of that for us. Our family is eating much healthier now. My hubs always believed he was eating low salt, as he didn't add any at the table with the salt shaker, but he wasn't. Now that I am sodium sensitive, he eats the way I do and his blood pressure has come down significantly and without trying he has lost 5 pounds, just from eating the way I cook. Took him a while to get used to eating more veggies, but he is getting there.

You are doing great!

Edited by: HLTHYLIVNCCJ at: 1/25/2010 (16:57)
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1/25/10 9:08 A

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Haven't tried kosher salt, use a little sea salt along with a salt substitute and it seems to be working for me. The hardest part for me is finding low sodium food as I used to eat preprocessed, fast food, and food mixes (hamburger helper, etc.). Hence, my current situation! Never did learn to like fruits and veggies, but starting to get an appreciation of them without much in the way of sodium!

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1/24/10 11:28 A

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Let me know what you think Karen. Not everyone will like kosher or sea salt, but for me...it definitely helped me kick the salt habit. I use it only on bland foods now, which thankfully is not often, but comes in handy when you need something.

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1/23/10 10:17 P

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I got some kosher salt today and will try it. I'll see what I think about and get back with you.

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1/23/10 7:55 P

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I agree, salt is salt is salt...you are 100% right! The best is to use none, but when you need to use some, especially on very bland items, my personal choice is kosher because I use only a fraction of what I would use of regular table salt. You definitely taste that and/or sea salt much more with a ton less. I hardly use any now, but it helped me step down from the sodium little by little using it.

All the best!

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1/21/10 1:50 P

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My nutritionist at the hospital said salt is salt is salt. But I asked her that sense sea salt taste saltier (at least to me), couldn't you reduced the amount of sodium since you would use less salt overall. She begrudingly agreed.

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1/21/10 1:15 P

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The real answer is of course None.

Though I did find these answers to some various questions and am cutting and pasting them on here for your review. I can find evidence for both for and against the use of various salts. Ultimately, the decision as to whether you use salt or not to use any is up to you and the advise of your doctor, along with your personal tastes on things.

Here is the information cut and pasted as it was found on the internet, via googling:

Sea salt is not a healthier choice than table salt. From a chemical and nutritional standpoint, both are sodium chloride and you want to limit your sodium intake to 2300 mg (~1 tsp of table salt) or less to promote blood pressure control.

If you use kosher salt, which has larger crystals, you benefit because less salt "fits" in one teaspoon due to the larger crystal size. A teaspoon of kosher salt provides about 1900 mg sodium. Sea salt is available in this larger crystal form, also.
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Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

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Sea Salt is the best choice overall. Yes, Kosher Salt does have less sodium than sea salt but sea salt has less sodium than table salt and you do want to limit salt all together. Sea Salt retains all its trace minerals because the way it is harvested and this allows it to interact with the bodys cells.

Table Salt is processd and stripped of all the trace minerals and does not interact with our cells and can leave some attached to our organs such as our heart and kidneys. Dont take my word for it, look it up there are plenty of scholarly articles that say the same thing.


Reasearch shows any salt is better than no salt and people using Sea Salt do the best, on average, on blood pressure tests.

Regular table salt, is highly refined and has additives, chemicals, and preservatives. Many of the preservatives are not required to be listed on the container and include ferrocyanide, magnesium carbonate, and aluminum hydroxide.

High levels of aluminum are believed to be a major factor in the prevalence of Alzheimer's in the U.S.

Standard salt undergoes a refining process that strips it of 60 trace minerals, leaving a nutrient-free flavoring. Manufacturers put this refined salt into almost every prepared food, and it's even present in municipal water sources.

True Sea Salt matches the mineral level of the blood nearly exactly.

Avoiding salt is not healthy and too much Sodium Chloride (regular salt) is unhealthy. Sea Salt in a Macrobiotic diet is very healthy according to studies.

Hope this helps to clear up some confusion.

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