No-Salt / Low-Sodium Recipes and Information
Are you searcing for recipes with low or no salt? For various reasons, many of us are reducing their sodium intake. For me, I retain fluid (a problem many women have) so I use herbs and spices that contain little or no sodium when spicing up foods.
Usually when the doctor prescribes a no-salt diet, it generally means no salt added, since many foods naturally contain sodium and some should be avoided altogether on low-sodium diets. Beets, carrots, spinach, and particularly celery have very high sodium levels. Also, it's a good idea to avoid water filtered by a water softener, since it can multiply the sodium content in water up to ten times.
Sodium is the primary electrolyte that regulates the extracellular fluid levels in the body. Sodium is essential for hydration because this mineral pumps water into the cell. In turn, potassium pumps the by-products of cellular processes out of the cell, eventually eliminating these "wastes" from the body. In addition to maintaining water balance, sodium is necessary for osmotic equilibrium, acid-base balance and regulation of plasma volume, nerve impulses and muscle contractions. In addition to maintaining water balance, sodium is necessary for osmotic equilibrium, acid-base balance and regulation of plasma volume, nerve impulses and muscle contractions. So, if you're considering cutting back on your sodium, it's wise not to go below the minimum physiological requirement of 500 mg daily.
Ask your doctor for recommended levels for your lifestyle. Once you have a daily intake level, you can check nutrition fact labels on products to calculate the sodium content of your recipes.
Garlic and onion powder are excellent substitutes for salt in savory recipes, particularly onion powder. Both give somewhat the illusion of salty flavor without the addition of sodium. Just be sure to check the label to be certain no salt has been added. You'll find several salt-free seasoning mixes below that will also do the trick, but with more of an herbal slant. Note that salt-free does not necessarily mean sodium-free. Here are some no-salt and low-sodium recipes to try:
No-Salt, Low-Sodium Recipes
· No-Salt / Low-Sodium Recipes List
· More Spices and Herbs
· Preserving Herbs and Spices
· The Art of Seasoning
· Basil and Walnut Dip
· Artichoke and Tarragon Dip