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Created on: 02/02/13 03:05 PM Views: 1096 Replies: 2
kickstart and salt
Posted Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

I'm just wondering about salt. Does PCRM recommend salting our food a little to make it taste better? Or withholding salt for health reasons?

Are there any benefits for a healthy person, with normal blood pressure, to reduce salt intake?

RE: kickstart and salt
Posted Monday, February 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Many foods have enough sodium that if you eat a good variety, you'll get the sodium you need without really adding salt to it. If you exercise heavily or live in a really hot climate, you'd need to be sure to get enough to offset the sweating (obviously). As a culture, though, we're really used to pouring in the salt - most prepared foods are highly salted so we get used to that hit of salt. Rather than just salt things, try to start with no salt and add little by little to get to a flavor you like while you are preparing the food. It usually takes maybe a 1/2 tsp of salt per LARGE pot of chili or soup or whatever, depending on what you're starting from. If there's already salt in something (like canned beans or vegetable stock), you may not need to add any more salt. But, an unsalted can of tomatoes might need a pinch. Work on using other seasonings besides salt (garlic, oregano, chili - get a no-salt chili powder - lemon, and so on).


RE: kickstart and salt
Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 3:26 PM

There are benefits for reducing salt intake even if your blood pressure is normal now because hypertension results after years of high salt intake. 90% of Americans have hypertension by age 70 so reducing salt now is a great idea. Once you have hypertension, reducing salt may not be effective enough to avoid medication.

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