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Old 08.08.2015, 22:04
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Re: Salt-free diet....help!

Cooking without salt normally means that I need to add more salt at the table than I would have used had I cooked it with salt in the first place!

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Old 08.08.2015, 22:13
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Re: Salt-free diet....help!

The good news is that beer doesn't contain salt.
Instead of dining out, only drink beer. You get less fat and salt so it might even be healthier
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Old 08.08.2015, 23:06
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Re: Salt-free diet....help!

I have to avoid fish.

Throwing out all my Marillion records was particularly hard.
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Old 08.08.2015, 23:18
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Cooking without salt normally means that I feel I have need to add more salt at the table than I would have used had I cooked it with salt in the first place!

Tom
Tom (& Slamer), I know you find this hard to believe, but really, the world can survive without adding a load of salt. I have been doing so all my life and my food tastes fine. If you make the effort, you find you don't really need it. Want it, maybe, but not need.
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Old 08.08.2015, 23:36
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Re: Salt-free diet....help!

I have been reducing my salt intake substantially for over 15 years, only took me a couple of months not to notice the lack of salt.
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Old 08.08.2015, 23:39
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Use lots of MSG.
Is the MS in MSG (C5H8NO4Na) different than the one in table salt (NaCl)?
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Old 09.08.2015, 00:11
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Is the MS in MSG (C5H8NO4Na) different than the one in table salt (NaCl)?
yes sodium or Natrium should be avoided. In packages if you see Natrium, to get the equivalent salt quantity you just multiply by 2.5
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Old 09.08.2015, 09:32
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Tom (& Slamer), I know you find this hard to believe, but really, the world can survive without adding a load of salt. I have been doing so all my life and my food tastes fine. If you make the effort, you find you don't really need it. Want it, maybe, but not need.
Who said anything about loads of salt?

I use very little when cooking, but if I used none when cooking would need to add more at the table for the same effect.

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Old 09.08.2015, 12:18
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Majority of studies show that reducing intake of sodium reduces cardiovascular risks: http://www.who.int/elena/titles/sodium_cvd_adults/en/

To be clear: it's not "salt-free" but rather low-sodium or low-salt intake. Salt is necessary for our body to function correctly. Ideally 3-4g salt per day instead of the 10-12g we are getting in average today. Helps lower blood pressure and avoid kidney failure/problems.

See above meta analysis. Like I said, lower salt intake was correlated with death. The WHO also says high fat food makes you fat. Last I checked, the evidence for this was also flimsy at best. Fat and salt have been demonised without proper evidence.
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Old 09.08.2015, 12:23
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Just, erm, buy fresh things, cook them yourself and don't add the salt?

It's really not too difficult to cut salt out of a diet that you prepare and cook yourself. Just cut back on the pre-prepared things that you buy.
If you tested your sodium and potassium serum levels in summer, especially such a hot summer as this, you might actually find that they're low.

Sodium levels are only high in people that eat a lot of processed foods including Meats. Reheated Meats need salt to cut the bitter aftertaste after the repeated cooling/heating process... So really, unless you're eating most of your meals from jars, cans and the frozen aisle, you need to increase salt intake in summer, and reduce accordingly in winter.
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If you tested your sodium and potassium serum levels in summer, especially such a hot summer as this, you might actually find that they're low.

Sodium levels are only high in people that eat a lot of processed foods including Meats. Reheated Meats need salt to cut the bitter aftertaste after the repeated cooling/heating process... So really, unless you're eating most of your meals from jars, cans and the frozen aisle, you need to increase salt intake in summer, and reduce accordingly in winter.
My diet is not perfectly salt-less, so it isn't an issue for me.
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Old 09.08.2015, 16:29
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It looks like my doctor will prescribe a salt-free diet. Looking at the list of stuff that I will need to ban there seems nothing "interesting" left. Even dining out is going to be a challenge.
Can you share please your tips and experience for cooking, food shopping and dining out while on a salt-free diet?
I cook without salt all the time.. and while some may not agree, I use fresh squeezed lemon juice as my main salt substitute... actually, I also use it for frying, but that is OT
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Old 09.08.2015, 17:33
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Is the MS in MSG (C5H8NO4Na) different than the one in table salt (NaCl)?
There is none, but "salt free diet" was such an exaggerated premise to open with, it's a valid solution to the specific dietary requirement which would otherwise lead in death. In other words, gigo.
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