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Aug 16, 2006 02:20 AM

ideas to replace salt in cooking

My dad's on a low sodium diet until further notice. Are there ways of reducing sodium intake? He eats home cooked Chinese food so if suggestions could be made re adjusting the level of sodium added to Chinese dishes, that would really be welcomed.

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    1. It is a difficult transition to salt free cooking. Most prepared foods have copious amounts of salt. Mrs. Dash has a variety of seasonings without salt. Health Food stores will have a variety. Lemon juice is a great idea. And there are some faux salt substitutes out there even in main stream markets. You need to get out there and read labels for ingredients. Crushed peppers, hummmmmmmm, trying to think about Chinese food will be difficult and I wish your father well. Silly to suggest but have you googled low sodium Chinese food recipes? There may be some ideas out there. What a wonderful world the internet can be. Good luck.

      1. MSG is a fantastic way of cutting back salt in food. Although MSG itself contains some sodium, when you add it to a dish, you're able to drastically cut back on the salt with little impairment in taste.

        1. I don't know how much salt is in low-sodium soy, but a friend of mine swears by it.

          1. I think Candy has the right idea. Lemon juice is a great replacement, and really revs up the taste of vegatables. Great to put on cooked items, and used in stir frying or sauteeing. I think I could put lemon juice on almost anything !