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Shakin' It Up with the Skinny on Salt

The Danger is Not in the Shaker


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Does water consumption offset sodium intake at all? Report
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! Report
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. Report
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! Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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! Report
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. Report
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. Report
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 Report
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. Report
I do not salt, Mrs. Dash is salt free and I use a lot of lemon and lime for salad dressings, however, I love cheese and had not idea that there is a lot of salt in cheese. It was suggested to use mustard vs mayo for tuna, egg salad, etc. which is the better of the two for salt content. Will have to check that out in my refrigerator. Thanks for the e-mail. Report
Never could find a salt shaker with smaller holes, but I used to use a pepper shaker which has FEWER holes. The other method I have used is to measure / weigh the salt, so I now how much I'm actually putting on there -- just like food logging -- it is surprising how easy it is to limit something when you actually *see* what you're doing. Report
i am so glad to see an article about using less salt. i have been doing this for years and i feel much better. low blood pressure runs in the family, but i can't stand all the salt that family members put in the food. i love cooking my own meals because i can limit how much salt doesn't go in the food, very little goes in. Report

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