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Salt alternative?

I'm wondering if I am going to lose the weight if I still consume too much salt. I notice that most of the foods I eat may be high in protein or fiber or low in fat or calories, but the sodium number is always really high. When I eat meat or eggs -- I always have to put LOTS of salt and pepper. Are any of the salt alternatives any good? Why is salt so bad for a dieter?

Mon. Aug 21, 6:10pm

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I don't know about everyone else, but excess sodium makes me retain water like crazy.

We use Mrs. Dash seasonings on several things - chicken (they have a blend for that and it works well for grilling), salads, I even toss a bit on my scrambled eggs.

Monday, August 21, 2006, 6:32 PM

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I like garlic powder as a salt 'enhancer' - it seems to make a little salt go a long way, so I don't totally cut out on the salt, but I don't consume nearly as much either. A good addition is just a bit of crushed red pepper flakes - not enough to overpower the taste or make it hot, but enough to warm your throat and stomach helps make things more satisfying.

Monday, August 21, 2006, 7:14 PM

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Like the other posters have mentioned, garlic and other seasonings are good salt "substitutes." Nothing can quite replace salt but some other seasongs I would suggest might be: chilli pepper, cumin, pepper, rosemary, etc. Also try fresh herbs because they have a lot of flavor.
Another idea is trying foods with bolder flavors. Add toasted nuts to salads, use feta or blue cheese, extra sharp cheddar, salsas are also a really good trick. I add salsa to a lot of stuff to add more flavor and reduce calories since salsa is really low in calories!

Salt is so bad for you b/c it does make you retain water so you're heavier than you actually are because of the excess water weight but the health drawback is that salt increases your blood pressure.

Monday, August 21, 2006, 10:07 PM

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I love NoSalt. I've been eating it for years, because I have chronic high blood pressure. It also has a lot of potassium, which is good for you.

Monday, August 21, 2006, 10:55 PM

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hi, try "dulse flakes" . . .you can find them in the spice section of most natural or health food stores. it is actually dried red algae that is edible and adds a saltiness and flavor to foods that is super low sodium, full of antioxidants and relatively inexpensive. you'll probably never go back to regular table salt!!

or if the algae thing freaks you out-try using kosher salt-it has more flavor so you will need to use less therefor automatically reducing your sodium intake.

Monday, August 21, 2006, 11:10 PM

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I eat a lot of really vinegary foods. I usually find that the taste of the vinegar is strong enough that I use a fairly small amount of salt, if any, with my food.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 7:18 AM

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I second the kosher salt!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 8:59 AM

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dr. braggs liquid aminos is great!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 9:33 AM

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check this out-from cnn/cooking light

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 12:43 PM

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Right on for braggs....I use it on everything! It is the best thing in the world and a large bottle of it lasts forever since it hardly takes any at all.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 2:22 PM

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could you explain what liquid amino is? does it have sodium?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 9:41 PM

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