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Offline skb

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Salt intake
« on: August 12, 2018, 08:41:17 PM »
Here’s a study which states that 5 gms/day salt intake is okay for individuals. This translates to 2.5 teaspoons per person per day which is definitely far greater than what I consume, though my salt intake is much higher with LCHF.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31376-X/fulltext
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Re: Salt intake
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2018, 12:25:35 AM »
Lots of study participants in this one, SKB; must have cost a fortune.

Can’t say I count or measure my own salt use at all, but like many on LCHF, I eat few prepared foods.

I really like salt, but also never use “regular” table salt the taste of which I’ve come to dislike. Instead, I use Himalayan salt for cooking (a somewhat more aggressive saltiness) and Celtic sea salt at the table (smoother with great flavor). I use both quite freely, but still always come up with somewhat low sodium levels in labs.

With no special evidence to speak of, I’ve the idea that the low-sodium fad belongs much in the same category as low fat, vis, common wisdom that’s not at all wise. I’m far more suspicious that cardiovascular correlations connect more to over consumption of high-fat, high-carb foods.

The study in question claims to be of rural populations and it’d be interesting to know more about their diets but I’m guessing the use of prepared foods is less than urban diets in any event.

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Re: Salt intake
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2018, 06:22:15 AM »
We hardly eat any prepared foods either and when we go out to eat at a 'sit-down' restaurant, we can definitely taste the extra salt used in food preparation.  I have been hospitalized in the past for having 'low sodium' levels in my blood.  The Dr has me on a diuretic pill for blood pressure and had to lower the dose because it was working too well.  We rarely salt anything at the table and I guess it is just our habit.
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Re: Salt intake
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2018, 07:00:12 AM »
I think a big part of this is that people here do not eat a lot of prepared food.  I use salt freely when I want to but I am sure I never get to 5g in a day.  I have heard that salt is not the big deal that has been preached for years, the same as fat.  My lab tests have always shown my sodium level at the low end of normal.  I'm still taking 3 Rx to try and control blood pressure.
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Re: Salt intake
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2018, 08:40:19 AM »
When I learned to cook, it was all from scratch, so never got in the habit of relying on commercial preparations . . . just still seems easier & quicker to have the basic ingredients on hand & go from there. 'Course that gets me into trouble sometimes when I've whomped up something that turned out well, and then I have to hurry up & write it down so I can remember for another time.

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Re: Salt intake
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2018, 04:10:38 PM »
My sodium levels have always been in the normal range. I too eat very few prepared foods.

Like Tamagno, I cook with pink himalayan salt, I season with French gray sea salt. I do like applewood smoked salt as a finishing on my rib eye steak and also finish with red lava and black lava salt from Hawaii. Ono Hawaiian seasoning is another I use, but with all, a light hand is used.
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Re: Salt intake
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2018, 11:50:59 PM »
I cook with applewood smoked salt & season with pink Himalayan salt!  ;D

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Re: Salt intake
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2018, 12:15:43 AM »
A cooking tip I gleaned somewhere recommends salting more during food prep and cooking which I think is fairly standard in restaurants.

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Re: Salt intake
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2018, 07:23:06 AM »
Where do you folks get these various, different kinds of salt?  Our market does carry the pink Himalayan salt but I've never seen any of the others.  How does one get spices used freely in other countries.  My hubby loves Indian curry but it is nearly impossible to find the spices for it.
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Re: Salt intake
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2018, 12:46:14 PM »
Almost all of our shopping is done online anymore . . . just because it's easier to have the mail carrier deliver it to the door than lug stuff in from the car ourselves.

Here is a link for Indian spices . . . I haven't used these, but just going to show you can find just about anything online.  And here's one for sea salts too . . . Sea Salts
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Re: Salt intake
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2018, 06:37:55 PM »
I get most of my spices online too. I used to buy a lot from Penzeys but they got too political for my "taste" so I just search Amazon and usually find just what I want.  Another great site is Myspicesage.com
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