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The seasonings aisle at the supermarket can be overwhelming, especially if  you’re trying to find a healthy alternative to salt. There are many seasoning  products on the market and the ways the food industry promotes them can make it  difficult to find a healthy choice.  Sea salt has long been touted as a  healthy alterative to table salt and it’s no surprise that 61% of respondents in  a survey conducted by the American Heart Association believed sea salt to be  low-sodium alternative to table salt. Sea Salt is no better for you than normal table salt.

There are many other products  that are marketed as being healthy alternatives to salt. Commercial “salt  substitutes” are one such product.  Most salt substitutes contain potassium  chloride in place of sodium chloride.  By replacing sodium with potassium  in the chemical structure of salt, food scientists have developed a variety of “salt substitutes” that taste similar to table salt and that can help reduce  overall sodium intake when used in place of table salt.

A high sodium diet can cause high blood pressure and  increase your risk for stroke, kidney problems, heart failure, heart attack and  blindness. If you already have high blood pressure, a high sodium diet will make  it worse. Using potassium-based salt substitutes is one way to reduce your  sodium intake, especially if you use the saltshaker at most meals. HOWEVER,  potassium-based salt substitutes are not safe for everyone to use.  Extra  potassium can be dangerous for individuals that take certain types of  medications. These medications can increase the level of potassium in your blood  and when combined with a high potassium diet, can lead to adverse medical  problems. If you have diabetes, kidney disease, reduced urinary flow, congestive  heart failure OR if you take any medications for your heart, liver or kidneys or  to treat high blood pressure or fluid retention, ask your doctor if  potassium-based salt substitutes are safe.

You might be using a potassium based salt substitute  without realising it. It would be wise to go through your cupboard and  check ingredient labels — if you see potassium chloride listed, the seasoning is  a potassium based salt substitute.

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This entry was posted on Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 12:58 pm and is filed under Exercise and Diet, Heart Failure Carers, Looking after yourself.
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