Many Americans are on low sodium diets and more of us should jump on that bandwagon. Sodium is a necessary component of life. It helps transmit nerve impulses, balance bodily fluids and influence muscular movement. On the flip side, too much sodium can cause severe complications. Among the many concerns are:
- water retention
- high blood pressure
- heart failure
- kidney disease and
Reaching your sodium threshold is easier to do than one might think. According to the Mayo Clinic, one teaspoon of salt contains nearly 100 percent of the recommended daily intake for healthy adults (with many people needing even less.) It’s not particularly easy to cut back on salt, either. Salt is an acquired taste and although you can retrain your taste buds to enjoy food with out it, it takes a long time to do so.
To the rescue is AlsoSalt, an all-natural salt substitute with no bitter aftertaste. The main ingredients in AlsoSalt are lysine and potassium. AlsoSalt comes in 3 flavors: original, garlic and butter. It can be used just as conventional salt is; during meal preparation or at the table. Although it’s available at most grocery stores, you can also purchase it online in shakers or single use packets for your traveling convenience.
The H.J. Heinz Company is among the many companies now using AlsoSalt commercially. To the joy of many, Heinz has released a No Salt Added Ketchup. Americans no longer have to suffer for their low-sodium dietary needs.
The Mayo Clinic also warns that, “too much potassium can be harmful if you have kidney problems or if you’re taking medications for congestive heart failure or high blood pressure that cause potassium retention.” Since AlsoSalt replaces sodium with potassium, always be sure to check with your doctor if it’s an appropriate switch for you.
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September 27th, 2010