I used to crave salt sometimes so badly that I would eat it directly from the shaker. Since they found my thyroid is underactive and put me on synthroid I have not craved salt as bad but still cannot get near the limit the nutrition planner has set for me. My body craves the iodine in the salt to produce thyroid hormones is my theory why I crave salt. I don't have a blood pressure problem and my partner actually has low blood pressure so I am not going to focus so much on this especially after reading this article LEMOW72 posted
since my whole family has had cardiac problems for generations. I think it all depends on each person and their situation. I think I will not focus on this so much and just keep an eye one my intake not to go overboard. Too much of anything can't be good either.
Is there really a difference between using sea salt and regular iodized table salt. I usually use sea salt, but will use the iodized once in awhile for the iodine. I usually do not add salt to meals anyway, and buy fresh or frozen vegetables and beans that are low in sodium.
Gotta agree with PEGHARP (and others) "Read the labels"! I've seen something nice and healthy sounding like fresh skinless chicken breast run from 50mg of sodium per seriving up to 650mg. Soups are tough too cause I really liked my old Tomato soup and grilled cheese. Haven't had that in years now...although I did find a reasonably low sodium tomato soup at Trader Joes. Just have to find low sodium bread and cheese now. Not sure that'll be as good as I remember though.
4/15/2009 10:06:37 PM
I use Lite-Salt or Salt Substitute in the shakers. Guests do not notice any difference. I don't even have sodium chloride in the cupboard.
At my last check-up, my BP was 131/100, so my doctor told me I had to cut back on the sodium or face the consequences. It wasn't easy, because I had always been one to salt almost everything....sometimes before tasting....but I stuck it out. I've lost weight in the process and don't even notice the missing salt anymore.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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