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Shakin' It Up with the Skinny on Salt

The Danger is Not in the Shaker

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  • GIANT-STEPS
    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.
  • LEMOW72
    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.
    To read more...

    http://www.everydayhealth.com/publicsite
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    EverydayHealthHeartHealth_20080605
  • SSKD72
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. :)
  • Great article! I love the fact that you encourage a healthy diet, not just restricting particular foods/ingredients. I have not added salt to my cooking or at the table since I was in my teens. And I avoid processed foods. My hubby has to eat low sodium also, and we are having a great time devising new recipes together. He is a wonderful cook, and I have a pretty good handle on the nutrition end of things.
  • More information about sea salt can be found at water cure .com -- If you buy a good brand of sea salt it contains many trace minerals that the body needs, especially if you do drink a lot of water which washes your minerals away!
  • BAGLADYTX29
    Sea salt is still salt. The only difference is that sea salt has a stronger taste than table salt so we tend to use less of it.
  • I have battled weight problems all my life. My mom's family is prone to having high blood pressure accompanied by strokes which occur late in life. Even though I have been on meds for my HBP for 20 years, it still was much too high.

    I recently moved, and my new doctor told me to eat fresh fruits and veggies only. No red meat for two weeks, and plenty of fresh or frozen fish and chicken. That was 8 weeks ago, and my BP is now 125/74.

    Do I miss my snacks and frozen dinners? You bet!! However the knowledge that my body is more healthy, and that I may avoid all the problems associated with being overweight and having HBP has been worth being deprived. ;-)
  • PHOENIXRISING5
    Does using a salt substitute lower your sodium intake?
  • IMNMN3
    I use very little salt and when I do it is sea salt. Thankfully I have never been gung ho about condiments and I very seldom ever buy prepackaged foods.
  • I was stressed about my salt content. I try to stay under 3,000, but even thats hard even with all natural and organic foods & no red meat. I think salt is a bigger problem than most people think. 3,000 is cutting my salt in half, and i can't believe how bloated i had grown accustomed to feeling.
  • Good question Dede, I was wondering about this as well. I switched to using sea salt a while back and seem to have no problems.
  • Great article. Exercise helps us sweat and lose salt. The couch potato person is at a disadvantage while eating processed foods with high salt content.

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