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Old 05-15-2008, 11:44 PM   #1
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What is the best substitute for salt?

what do you think is the best substitute for salt? I personally think lemon juice is ok in some dishes as well as vinegar in others

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Old 05-16-2008, 12:11 AM   #2
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I have salt problems as well as you do Now if!!!!!! you can find it it is called Sour Salt
it is pure vitamin C it will cause you to salivate just like salt but with the added benefit of taking your vitamins with your meal.. Not knowing were you live I go to the store that caters to the Jewish trade. And they most likely have it on their shelves. It is also called ascorbic acid. Remember a very little goes a very long way Good luck hunting
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:26 AM   #3
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Depends on what food. Different things for different foods.
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:21 PM   #4
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I use Salt Substitute or a spice blend.
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:23 PM   #5
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what do you think is the best substitute for salt? I personally think lemon juice is ok in some dishes as well as vinegar in others
Hi Elvenrunelord,
There is no subsitute for salt. Salt is a naturally occurring chemical added to food to promote and develop flavour. As such, one cannot substitute - one can only add alternative flavours. In addition to this the body needs salt, although not in the proportions derived from eating processed foods or ready meals!

What are you trying to cook?

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Old 05-16-2008, 07:26 PM   #6
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archiduc, keep in mind, some people can't add salt to their foods. I have severe reactions to salt, so I've had to sub as well. My personal thinking is that if you use fresh herbs, tangy citrus or spicy peppers, you're usually good to go :)
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Old 05-17-2008, 01:21 AM   #7
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A lot depends on why you are reducing the salt content.

If you are just looking to reduce your sodium chloride intake - simply use less salt! And, shy away from prepared foods where possible. Also look at the sodium content on the labels - some foods are brined or preserved with salt (sausages, wieners, some lunch meats, etc.) and consume them in smaller quantities or less frequently. All food grown in the soil, or consumes food grown in the soil, will contain some sodium chloride.

Unless there is a contraindication because of certain medications - dry wines will also trick the taste buds and provide a salty taste without added salt.

Of course - acids, like vinegars and citric acid, and herbs can be used as replacements.

Regarding commercial salt substitutes - most of these are Potassium Chloride. Potassium Chloride (KCl) isn't without it's problems - while it is used as a food preservative (as well as a part of the lethal injection in executions) and a substitute for common table salt (NaCl) in some instances - it isn't always a healthy substitute for sodium chloride (NaCl) - or common table salt, Kosher salt, sea salt, etc.

IMHO - nobody should just cut NaCl from their diet, or do a wholesale sub of KCl for NaCl, without talking to their physician first. Doing so can be lethal in some instances! Low sodium levels can screw up cell functions, cardiac functions, and brain functions.

We've had similar discussions in our Health, Nutrition and Special Diets Forum in the past.
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Interesting about the lethal injections.....
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Old 05-17-2008, 01:20 PM   #9
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Interesting about the lethal injections.....
Potassium is a necessary electrolyte for our bodies, but in (very) large amounts will stop the heart. I know of two people who used it to commit suicide.
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Old 05-18-2008, 08:57 PM   #10
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archiduc, keep in mind, some people can't add salt to their foods. I have severe reactions to salt, so I've had to sub as well. My personal thinking is that if you use fresh herbs, tangy citrus or spicy peppers, you're usually good to go :)
Hi JKath,
Although it may appear that we are singing from different hymn sheets, in reality we are not.
Salt is a naturally occuring chemical, present in food and added to food to promote flavour and/or aid preservation. If you have severe reactions to salt then I presume that you may not eat any preserved/cured meats like ham, proscuitto, corned beef, salamis or anchovies, olives, cured fish like smoked salmon/haddock, pickles and chutneys etc. If so, I cry for you. I cannot imagine not being able to eat Spaghetti Carbonnara.

Salt (sodium chloride) is required to maintain the water (H2O) balance, in the body, for nerve and muscle functioning. If you don`t believe me just think about how any Marathon arranges for water/liquid to be available for the runners! You are correct in thinking that this might be achieved through eating a wide a varied diet without the overt addition of salt. A diet reliant on an excess of fast food, processed foods from the supermarket may/will result in an excess of salt in one`s diet and this is not a good thing. Equally, you stress that flavours may be derived though the use and addition of herbs, citrus fruits and other ingredients. This is a point which is VERY well made.

Your response indicates that you are recieving the benefit of advice and I trust that you have checked the competence of your advisors. Quacks are Us seem to abound today!!!!!!

I do not have any problems when it comes to eating salt and would hate to learn that I could not add salt to pasta when it is being cooked or to a pot of potatoes.

All the best,
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