• Golden Eye 0.1% w/v Eye Drops
    Golden Eye Drops Solution
  • Hypromellose 0.3% Eye Drops
    Hypromellose Eye Drops - For Dry Eyes
  • Optrex Bloodshot Eye Drops
    Optrex Bloodshot Eye Drops-ads
  • Viscotears Gel For Dry Eye
    Viscotears Gel For Dry Eye Treatment 10g
  • Golden Eye Chloramphenicol Eye
    Golden Eye Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
  • Spatone Apple Liquid Iron
    Spatone Apple Liquid Iron Supplement-banner
  • Holland & Barrett Gentle Iron 20mg
    Holland & Barrett Gentle Iron 20mg 90 Capsules-banner
  • Vitabiotics Feroglobin Capsules
    Vitabiotics Feroglobin Capsules-banner

Salt Substitutes: Are they Safe

Julia Zumpano, RD
salt

A good way to shake your salt habit?

Q: I have high blood pressure, and my doctor has restricted me to a low-sodium diet of less than 1,500 mg a day. Are salt substitutes a good alternative?

A: While the spice aisle in your grocery store abounds with salt substitutes, they are not a healthy option for everyone. Many contain potassium chloride in place of sodium chloride, and potassium consumed in excess may be harmful for some people. For example, many people with kidney problems are unable to rid their bodies of excessive potassium, which could result in a deadly situation. If you have kidney problems or are on medication for your heart, kidneys or liver, check with your doctor before using salt substitutes.

Otherwise, a salt substitute containing potassium chloride is an acceptable alternative in moderation.
Some salt substitutes labeled “lite” or “low sodium” still contain sodium, just less than what’s found in table salt. These products often contain a mix of sodium chloride and potassium chloride. If a product is labeled “sodium free,” the main ingredient is potassium chloride without sodium.

Keep in mind that a 1,500 mg sodium restriction includes TOTAL sodium for the day. This includes prepared foods, not just the seasoning you add. Keep a keen eye on nutrition labels, and try to eat servings of foods that contain 140 mg or less of sodium, which qualifies them as “low sodium.”

Ideally, your best bet is to go salt free. Instead of mimicking the taste of sodium with salt substitutes, experiment with flavorful herbs and spices. Try fresh garlic or garlic powder, lemon juice, flavored vinegar, salt-free herb blends, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon, fresh ground pepper, tarragon and oregano.

Often, the preference for salt is learned, meaning you can unlearn your craving. By reducing your craving, you can learn to appreciate new flavors and flavor combinations. Gradually add salt-free herbs and spices into your favorite recipes, and soon you won’t even miss salt!

PUBLISHED: By Julia Zumpano, RD
Cleveland Clinic © 1995-2014

About Black Patient

Health Information & Support │www.blackpatient.com │ www.twitter.com/blackpatient │ www.facebook.com/blackpatient

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to SMS

Get text messages such as vaccination reminders, antenatal/postnatal tips, health alerts, disease prevention and more straight to your mobile phone.

Opt out from SMS / Email