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Jun 26, 2010 02:51 PM

Salt Alternatives...Salternatives?

Hello fellow chowsters,

I searched the forums for salt alternatives and sodium and did not see a thread on salt alternatives. With recent news/health trends focusing on salt/sodium consumption I'm looking for something to season my foods that has less sodium. I know most of people's sodium consumption comes from processed foods and restaurant dishes, but I want to find something to season my home meals with that might be healthier for me.

I love radishes or celery dashed with salt. Perfect snack for me, not for my blood pressure.
Tried Mrs. Dash and promptly plunked it into the trash.

If anyone has any tips or suggestions, I'm all ears.

BTW: I went to Boar's Head web site. Their "low sodium" products are a lot higher in sodium than most of their beef products. Granted the beef has more calories and sat. fat, but it is interesting they don't market their beef products as low sodium.

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  1. Have you tried vinegar or fresh lemon or lime juice? All are very good with veggies (separately, that is)...WORD UP: if you want to cut your sodium, plain out DITCH the lunch

    1. Can I ask a personal question? Do you know if your hypertension is actually sodium sensitive? It's a minority of hypertensive people with the sodium-sensitive version, though doctors often just play it safe and treat every one as if they were.]

      You don't need to answer that here. I just wanted to put that as an aside, because a *lot* of people are not aware of this, including general practioners. That doesn't mean it's not a good thing to reduce reliance on processed foods and the like, but it might make the difference in maintaining a healthier diet of things like radishes with a little bit of salt (my impression of radical dietary moves to avoid a specific feared ingredient is that the cure is frequently worse than the disease).

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      1. re: Karl S

        The best tasting salt alternative I have come across is Rite Salt, only available through Pharmacies in Ireland to the best of my knowledge.No metallic after taste and also contains minerals that help maintain a healthy heart

        1. re: tarbert

          Rite Salt can be ordered directly from Tarmons Healthcare.
          Unit 4 Hawthorns,
          County Limerick.
          Telephone 00 353 61 330815
          It is not cheap @Euro6 per 85g shaker.

          I notice the company concerned are currently building a website.

      2. vinegar is a good suggestion in terms of punchy flavor.

        have you tried drying your own herbs, like basil, parsley, celery leaves, etc. in a toaster? combine with some *finely* minced and dried onions and carrots, and lemon/orange rind.

        this may sound like an odd suggestion, but would you consider using a (veggie) stock to sprinkle over, and do it homemade with garlic, onions, celery carrots, herbs, etc. season, reduce and strain?

        1. Another point, if I may: try eating the radishes and celery bare-naked. Your taste will eventually change and you will start to taste the REAL flavor of these vegetables...and then (hopefully) you will not care about the salt anymore.

          1. Hi -
            If you are looking for a salt substitute for "salty" flavor, good luck.
            There might be something, but if there is, it's new. The best thing I've ever found is a product called AlsoSalt. When used VERY SPARINGLY, it can add a hint of a salty taste without the horrid aftertaste of all of the other subs I've tried. That being said, I agree 10000000000000000000 percent with Val, (and all of the other ppl who have said the exact same thing in these "looking for salt sub" threads.) Your palate will adjust and the amount of salt you need for something to taste "salty" will gradually diminish. I know this firsthand. A regular potato chip makes me cringe. Regular jarred green olives make me wince just thinking about them.

            One of the other things that helps is to focus opn foods you love that are already low in sodium. Summer fruits? Red seedless grapes are almost sugar sweet right now. Cherries and melons are around the corner. When those are done, it's apple/pear season, then it's orange season in winter.

            Processed deli counter meats are generally horrible - especially when you get into the cured stuff. Sara Lee also makes some "Lower Sodium" items. Roast Beef is usually lower sodium option in the deli case for whatever reason. I've noticed this as well. Not always tho.

            A sauce I use that has a salty taste ( to me, anyway:)
            Unsalted butter, a dash of balsamic vinegar, a dash of lemon juice, and some evoo.
            Heat it all up, add garlic, assorted spices you like.
            I use this to dress sauteed veggies, and for some reason, it tastes salty to me, and also the oil/fat adds a great mouthfeel and fullness.

            One more thing:
            LOW sodium, and LOWER sodium are two different things. Things with a LOW SODIUM label have to meet some kind of standard. LOWER sodium label just means the item has less sodium than a similar product.