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Makes a low-salt diet more tolerable

Mar 1, 2009 (Updated Mar 1, 2009)
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Pros:In the right amounts, it mimics salt well.

Cons:It can be bitter, if over-used.

The Bottom Line: If you cannot use saltr (sodium chloride), to season your food, Nu-Salt might be the answer.


After having low blood pressure (hypotension) for many years, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension) in January 2008. The reason for the change was never identified. In my years of hypotension, I enjoyed eating salty foods, like salt-and-vinegar potato chips. That had to change, when the hypertension was diagnosed. As with most hypertensive people, regular (sodium chloride or NaCl) exacerbates the problem.

Anyway, I was prescribed several anti-hypertensive medications, which had the not-unusual side effect of lowering my blood potassium levels.  Eating potassium-rich foods, like bananas, would barely dent that problem, and I was prescribed Klor-Con, which is potassium chloride concentrate. It tastes pretty bad, but it solves the problem.

Then, I remembered having once tried a salt substitute, on a whim, and liking it.  It was salty, so I liked it.  I looked it up on the Internet, found it, and discovered that it was none other potassium chloride, granulated, in a non-concentrated, crystallized form.  I bought some, under the name Nu-Salt, and liked it again.

Nu-Salt does not taste exactly like salt, but it is very close. It must be used more sparingly, as it is stronger in taste and, if overdone, an acrid after-taste kicks in.

While looking up the salt substitute on the Internet, I encountered a few stories about potassium chloride causing deaths in a very few situations. However, those case histories that I read typically involved extremely high doses, or giving adult-level amounts to babies, or people with significant heart problems to begin with.

Nu-Salt was easily found at my local grocery store.  It comes in either individual packets, like sweeteners in restaurants, or in three-ounce shakers, with a lid that can dial for pouring or for sprinkling.  It is more expensive than salt, but you use less of it, which cuts down on the per-use expense.  A pack of twelve three-ounce shakers can be bought on-line for $16.20.

I can no longer put salt on my food, but Nu-Salt comes pretty close.

The Nu-Salt website is:

http://www.nusalt.com

Thanks to Kate (lyagushka) for adding this to the database.


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