Makes a low-salt diet more tolerable
Mar 1, 2009 (Updated Mar 1, 2009)
by Chris McCallister
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
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.
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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:
Thanks to Kate (lyagushka) for adding this to the database.
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