Hi Everybody, Debbie Benson here...
This is where I can tell you about what I know, what I have found out, and here I can also rant a bit.
Since I was a little girl I have been aware of sodium, both high and low levels, as you learned in my first Season-It Newsletter 3 Tips That Help A Low Sodium Diet. Starting Benson's Gourmet Seasonings has been a dream come true.
As I learn and find helpful information, tips, products, recipes, and websites, I will share the information with you here. Then, you can follow-up and do your own research and make your own, more informed decisions regarding your health, or the health of a loved one. Knowledge helps you and gives you the power to make better decisions.
It's not just about what you don't do or can't have. It's also about things you can or should do or add to your diet that can make a difference. Here we go...
Salt-free seasonings are the key to living with a low sodium diet. Low sodium diets do not have to be bland. You need good quality salt-free seasonings. The seasonings need to be fresh with good aroma and you need a variety of them. You will be surprised how quickly you can become tired of the same flavors day in and day out, without salt.
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Using salt substitutes to make food taste salty should not be your only goal. When eating a low sodium diet, you need flavor too. You will need to learn how to get rid of bland food. This includes learning how to increase flavor by using salt-free seasonings, fresh herbs, fresh vegetables, citrus and fruits, kinds of vinegar, different cooking techniques and following good low sodium recipes.
I just read an article about how to shop for popcorn in EatingWell Magazine. This has some good tips. Did you know that popcorn is non-GMO? At least for now. However, I would look for organic just to be sure it is a safer choice.
Here is a link to an article I wrote a while back about popcorn. After all, it is because of my Mom's love for popcorn that we developed Table Tasty salt substitute as a popcorn seasoning. Here is a link to my article: Healthy-Snacks-Popcorn-A-Whole-Grain-Snack
Starting a low sodium diet, your first thought might be to find a salt substitute. You think you've got to replace the salt taste in your food. Using salt substitutes to make food taste salty should not be your only goal. More than you realize, you need flavor too. You will need to learn how to increase flavor. Start by using salt free seasonings, fresh herbs, fresh vegetables, citrus and fruits, vinegars, different cooking techniques, trying new foods and following good low sodium recipes.
Eating out on a low sodium diet? Here are a few tips: Ask to have no salt added to your food, no sauces or gravies, no condiments, and take a bottle of Table Tasty salt substitute with you to the restaurant. Click for more tips about what you should do when eating out and tips about what youshould avoid.