Salt

salt shaker - This is a photo of a salt shaker, I put salt on everything, even though it causes high blood pressure.
@na2482 (423)
United States
January 10, 2007 3:43pm CST
I put salt on everything, I know its bad for your health, but i can't help it. Any others just as bad as me?? Any suggestions on what to use to maybe substitute salt??
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25 responses
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Mrs. Dash has some good seasoning alternatives. There are also plenty of salt substitutes out there like Nusalt. I don't use a lot of salt but I do put it on things like eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, etc.
@na2482 (423)
• United States
10 Jan 07
thank you, I never new mrs.dash had any seasonings. I will look for it the next time i'm shopping.
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Mrs. Dash is great. I have about 6 different kinds that I use on all varieties of dishes and I don't miss the salt. They have lots of flavors--lemon & herb, tomato basil & garlic, etc.
@Itallie (65)
• Italy
29 Jan 07
Salt's not bad for you if you're young and your liver is in good working order. Your liver is what flushes the salt from your blood, and when you're young it works to full capacity so you can eat as much salt as you like. As you get older it doesn't work as well, so if you eat more salt than your liver can handle then you're blood pressure goes up because of the extra salt in the blood. So, if you're young, eat it while you can!! I don't think there's any real substitute for salt, it's nature's flavor crystal!!
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@na2482 (423)
• United States
29 Jan 07
thank you very much for your response i feel that way very much.
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Too much salt can be bad for you at any age. Even teenagers can develop high blood pressure. I think "eat as much salt as you want" is really dangerous advice! Also, it's not the liver that processes salt, it's the kidneys. High blood pressure can cause all kinds of kidney problems, including acute renal failure.
@danieldf (218)
• France
29 Jan 07
we all know that salt is bad for us but we can't resist to put it in every dish I'm totally agree with you
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• United States
1 Feb 07
I'm just as bad as you lol. I love salt on everything all the time. But recently I've started using the product "No Salt" It's pretty good and better for me.
@na2482 (423)
• United States
1 Feb 07
Yea everyone keeps telling me about this new salt stuff, wants the snow storm passes im going to have to go get some and try. Thanks
• Philippines
1 Feb 07
there are substitutes for salt, but i know its not made for cooking. yet its edible. its NU SALT. try to cut on salt, dear. its so bad for the health. you might end up regreting on it.
@na2482 (423)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I totally agree with you, thank you for the substitue, where can i find some NU Salt??
11 Jan 07
for cooking i use soya sauce instead of salt... or oyster sauce for taste... if not, just reduce the amount you use... sometimes, some herbs and spice get add flavour as well.
@na2482 (423)
• United States
12 Jan 07
thanks
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
11 Jan 07
I would suggest don't cook with salt. Use other spices/herbs in cooking. I like to use paparika, parsley, garlic, onion powder, lemon pepper, things like that to add flavor to my food. Then afterwards if I need to add salt to something I find I don't need as much. Also since you didn't cook with it the salt flavor is stronger when you put it on afterwards. It's also a bit healthier this way so that you aren't getting double the salt intake.
@na2482 (423)
• United States
11 Jan 07
thank you
@wynna1 (1291)
11 Jan 07
I dont use salt when im cooking but i use the knorr seasoning powder. I dont put a lot of it, just right to give taste to the food.
@na2482 (423)
• United States
11 Jan 07
Where can i find that? I've never heard of that seasoning before.
10 Jan 07
Well I think my salt intake has gone down over the last 10 years, since I moved to england. I think what helps most is if you find something doesn't taste salty enough, don't add salt after it's cooked. Slowly you will get used to it. I know I make it sound easy when it isn't. It's all a matter of will power. You will just have to reduce the intake slowly and steadily. Best place to start is if you are trying a new dish, start with making it with as little salt as possible, because it's a new flavour you wouldn't want more salt in it. A friend of mine used to use soy sauce as an alternative, but I don't know if it is any better in terms of health benefits.
@na2482 (423)
• United States
11 Jan 07
No soy sauce is actually saltier the salt. I actually don't like the way that makes my food taste. Everyone has given wonderful advice. Thanks
@miryam (6510)
• Italy
10 Jan 07
I search to avoid it, but without salt, it is not good, I limit myself, for the hypertension, even if I do not have problems and I am quite young.
@na2482 (423)
• United States
11 Jan 07
Well, thats great. I wish i had enough will power to avoid, but unfortunately i can't eat my food with out the taste of salt.
@Lady_Vincy (1543)
• United States
10 Jan 07
As much as I know it is not healthy for my health I have to put salt in or on everything. Without salt, food just doesn't taste right.
@na2482 (423)
• United States
11 Jan 07
I agree, i don't know what it is that makes the salt taste so good. I'm just glad they invented the stuff.!
@greengal (4288)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I can't do without salt too. Maybe less will do but none at all is impossible for me. I use other seasonings too but salt is a must and I try to use it in moderation.
@na2482 (423)
• United States
11 Jan 07
Thats my problem as well. I have to have some salt on my food. I can't help it.
@jossml (464)
• Puerto Rico
10 Jan 07
Be careful with salt substitutes can do more harm than good, just try some herbs and spices to your foods, you can try fresh garlic, garlic powder, lemon juice, flavored vinegar, salt free herb blend, cumin, nutmeg, fresh ground pepper, tarragon, oregano and many others. The salt preference are learned in life so start unlearning so you can appreciate new flavors.I have made a lot of changes in my life and one of them was salt reduction to elimination so I can be healthy.
@na2482 (423)
• United States
10 Jan 07
thank you very much, I love using fresh herbs especially garlic.
@apostrofy (662)
• Romania
10 Jan 07
not only i eat alot of junk food with salt, but i like cooked food to have salt in it. until few weeks ago when i noticed i was always weaking up with swollen feet. i didn't realized what was happening, until 1 day i was eating fruits and juices and woke up with normal feet. i can't give up salt, but i try to eat as few salty foods as i can. i gave up the junk salty products and i try to replace some of the cooked food with fruits. that way the next time i'll eat cooked food i won't need that much salt in it. and u slowly get used to less salty food without even realizing that.
@na2482 (423)
• United States
10 Jan 07
wow thats amazing, i never new salt could affect you in that way especially your feet, who would have ever thought your feet can be affected from salt. Thank you for the helpful information
• United States
10 Jan 07
I do I know I use way to much salt on my food. I just cant get enough flavor I hate blan foods.
@na2482 (423)
• United States
10 Jan 07
thats how i feel, My mother in law's food is so blan.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Salt is basically just for taste and I used to do the exact same thing. I tried Mrs. Dash and found that the varieties they had I liked. Try that and maybe a saltless seasoning out there.
• Philippines
2 Feb 07
i put salt in everything also, but sometimes i replace salt by soysauce and fish extract called patis. u shoul replace salt sometimes, if it is bad to your health...
• Dallas, Texas
2 Feb 07
I have the same problem but I have got way better! I have just been using a lot of fresh herbs to give my food a lot of flavor. I really make sure I do not cook with a lot of salt - I use very little and salt when I cook - I think people who use a lot of salt when they cook are using the salt for flavor instead of the fresh herbs and vegetables. It is like a mask for those who can not really cook. - You should be able to taste everything you put in the food. Plus I would hate to think I am giving people high blood pressure - I would rather them choose how much salt they want. The way I cut down on salt is by using hot sauce instead of salt! But I will eat hot sauce on anything!!!
• Canada
2 Feb 07
Have youever tried No Salt it isn`t salt but tastes like it My DAD used it I never have . Thats about the only replacement I know of
@finlander60 (1776)
• United States
1 Feb 07
My suggestion to you is to not cook with salt. Put it on the table for everyone to use, if they choose to. You won't need quite as much if you put it on after it is cooked. The flavor will be there, but not all of the bad stuff. Good luck.