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Salty Foods

Discussion in 'Alternative Therapies' started by LilacGardenia, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. LilacGardenia


    I saw this article on America's Saltiest Dishes--
    While they probably still aren't healthy for people like us that need more salt (note the high trans and sat fats), it's always interesting to see the extreme things restaurants are cooking up. :eek:

    What's everyone's favorite salty dishes/snacks/ways too bring salt into their diets?
  2. SickOfSickness

    SickOfSickness Senior Member

    Popcorn and corn chips. And I salt most of my vegetables and meat.
  3. alexa


    edamame, tomatoes with salt and nuts
  4. heapsreal

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    australia (brisbane)
    i wonder if the salt craving is because many cfsers pee alot so would lose more sodium and potassium. I know i enjoy eating salty food where pre cfs i hated salty food???
  5. LilacGardenia


    It was difficult for me to get use to the whole excessive salt thing because I grew up in a health nut family.

    My favorite salt snacks are: russet potato chips, sea salted nuts, and salted nori chips. I do a lot of walking, so I find myself getting tired and dizzy a lot. Having these kind of snacks seem to help me feel better.

    I also love French fries :D I'm pretty much open to any food. I find salty recipes (like certain soups)make it easier for me to get sodium than salting other foods I'm not use to salting.
  6. ahimsa

    ahimsa Rarely on PR now

    I like dill pickles. Not everyone cares for them but if you do they are low calorie and high sodium.

    Or you can drink your extra sodium and potassium by having canned tomato juice or V-8. But watch out if you have problems with blood sugar. V-8 is not as high in sugar as fruit juice (well, technically I think the tomato *is* a fuit, but you know what I mean) but it still might be a problem.

    Last but not least, canned soups are usually high sodium.

    By the way, I could never get enough sodium/potassium from food alone. I take Rx potassium supplement (extended release, just one tablet per day) and also over the counter salt tablets (a couple with each meal). But it helps to also get a little extra salt in my food.
  7. jeffrez

    jeffrez Senior Member

    I'm hooked on sea salt Kettle Chips!

    The smallest amount of table salt will send my blood pressure skyrocketing, but I can take teaspoonfuls of sea salt. I'd definitely recommend sticking to sea salt for balanced salt intake, the typical sodium chloride refined "table salt" is killer!
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  8. GracieJ

    GracieJ Senior Member

    I once had a doctor tell me I was the kind of person who could eat all the potato chips and pretzels I desired. Of course, I did not do that, but in a decade where everyone was storing the salt shaker in the back of the pantry, it was a wise piece for me to hear. I salt my food to taste... just about everything. It helps to avoid junk, even if salty and "ok." The best way I get the salt I need... sounds gross, but it's fast in the mornings: I pour sea salt into my hand, lick it off, drink some water, do it again, drink some water... about the third round, it finally tastes like salt. My energy for the day is much improved on the days I remember. (I am supposed to dissolve the full amount in a full glass of water and drink it all at once. Impossible. Yuck.)

    To heapsreal's question about CFS and salt:

    Salt is necessary for healthy adrenal function. In the case of challenged adrenals (mine came close to shutting down completely with CFS), a half-teaspoon of salt a day would be a very normal recommended dose. That is the amount my doctor told me to try (a later doctor with a better clue!), and it seems about right. Just so hard to get down all at once, and I STILL salt my food all day. It tastes bland if I do not. Occasionally, I stop doing it, sure my taste buds are just fried. Not so... energy plunges, and I quickly repent the following days. As my body heals, I find my system is more forgiving if I forget a day.

    Ditto jeffrez' thought on table salt: BAN IT from your table. Good sea salt all the way.
  9. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

    Cheetos! I am eating them as I type. This thread reminded me that I had a small bag stashed in the cupboard and inspired me to go get it. I don’t eat them often because of the fat.

    I also like popcorn, salted tomatoes, salted and buttered sweet corn(the heck with the fat), and salted, honey roasted nuts. (Salty + Sweet = Yum!)

    I drink salt water. I formerly put both sodium and potassium salt in the salt water. My dietician told not to put in the NaCl because it would interfere with absorption of the KCl and I am low in potassium. I thought most sport drinks had both NaCl and KCl.
  10. justy

    justy Donate Advocate Demonstrate

    After years of not eating any salt in my diet (i thought i was doing the right thing) i developed a serious addiction to salted crisps (chips) my husband and children also seemed to crave them. Since putting salt in our food again none of us need to eat crisps and the cravings for them have gone!

    I think the advice to not eat salt and the idea that salt is a big problem is false. Roman soldiers were paid in salt - it was considered that important - Ghandi walked all the way to the sea with thousands of followers to make their own salt in defiance of the British Governments hold over the salt industry. Salt is known to kill parasites in the body and was used for in the past for this purpose.

    Now i put salt on my food and in my cooking - only ever sea salt - it also contains important trace minerals. I keep table sallt for throwing on the steps and drive when it snows.

    I think this is a situation, like the low fat argument that is just plain wrong. I have had low BP all my life and had no idea that salt was good for you - seeing it for many years as ' the enemy'

    All the best, Justy.x
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  11. taniaaust1

    taniaaust1 Senior Member

    Sth Australia
    My favourite salty foods I used to eat use to be popcorn, nuts and my top favourite potato chips (I loved those Kettle ones too). I used to love both the crisps as well as hot takeaway chips which I'd cover with salt and vinegar.

    Due to my carb issue most the salty things I used to have are now out. My current salty things are
    salty nuts still (actually eatting some salt and pepper cashews right now. I wish I knew how to make them like this, they have a different kind of pepper)
    eggs which I can cover with salt and pepper
    corn beef... or even cold roast beef I find nice to sprinkle with salt for snacks.
    Soups are another thing I do in which I can add a lot of salt too, I can put a half of tsp of salt into 3 large bowels of soup.

    The normal diet rules out there just so often dont apply to us.. my specialist for my insulin issues has told me also not to drink skim milk as I need the fat in the milk to help balance my insulin so its now full cream milk and dairy things for me.

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