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    Party_Animal
    Low Salt Diet
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    • 21st Mar 05, 7:01 PM
    Low Salt Diet 21st Mar 05 at 7:01 PM
    Apologies if this is in the wrong place.
    Despite my fairly healthy lifestyle ( with the exception of exceeding my weekly units) I've been diagnosed with high blood pressure and it likely I'll be prescribed medication. I saw the Practice Nurse today and she agreed that, on the whole, my diet is ok but I need to cut down on salt. I don't use salt in cooking or seasoning, I think the problem lies in processed food. We make our own soups etc and try to eat lots of fresh stuff, but we do use tinned beans and tomatoes etc. The nurse told me that there's as much salt in corn flakes as crisps. Does anyone have any advice as to which foods or brands are low in salt?
    Thanks any advice very welcome
    Thanks again
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    • By Sarahsaver 21st Mar 05, 8:01 PM
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    I was in a health food shop today stocking up on porridge and that is salt free! Get cereals in their purest unadulterated form and they will be better for you in terms of salt content - nil, and also better for fibres.
    Ditch the processed food, you will be fine then. Do it gradually and it will be a doddle.
    I saw a dietitian after I had a stroke. I wasn't over weight and i did not have an unhealthy diet. They are trained to look for problems and will find them even if there are none. She tried to pin my .5 % raised cholesterol - yes half a percent over normal level - on the fact that i SOMETIMES had a hot chocolate and i SOMETIMES had a biscuit with it. Not because I had at the time already been in hospital 2 weeks eating hospital food when they did the test
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    • The_Biff
    • By The_Biff 21st Mar 05, 8:30 PM
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    • 21st Mar 05, 8:30 PM
    Salt can lower your blood pressure (Lancet article - way back), but not the table salt we use today. It has been processed too much, too many additives eg anti-caking chemicals, whiteners, iodine etc..
    What works is organic sea salt. It may not be as white as table salt but does contain the necessary natural minerals in trace quantities. Use in moderation.
    I've also read that porridge lowers BP as well.
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    • in my wellies
    • By in my wellies 21st Mar 05, 9:49 PM
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    • 21st Mar 05, 9:49 PM
    Don't use the Lo Salt as an alternative to 'normal' salt. My husband had very high blood pressure and tried to change his diet. I bought this but then he failed the kidney function test which he has to have as a result of the high BP. We could not understand why the potasium level had gone up but then discovered it was the change in salt. Now we have got used to going without.
    Good luck
  • margaret
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    • 21st Mar 05, 10:15 PM
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    • 21st Mar 05, 10:15 PM
    Ooops! We use the Lo Salt occasionally ---- just a little when boiling potatoes but I didn't realise that there was something wrong with it.
    We neither of us have high blood pressure but thought it healthier to do away with as much salt as possible. However, I'm not so sure about Lo Salt now after reading the above post.
    Margaret
    Last edited by margaret; 21-03-2005 at 10:21 PM.
  • DingDong
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    • 21st Mar 05, 10:28 PM
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    • 21st Mar 05, 10:28 PM
    I eat shredded wheat precisely because it has only 'trace' sodium. It's rather expensive though. I used to eat cornflakes until I discovered the salt content! Porridge is great too but I can never be bothered making it!
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 21st Mar 05, 11:26 PM
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    We cut salt out about a year ago and now we find if difficult to eat anthing other then whats been home cooked due to the saltiness. Even meals from our favourte indian resturant have dissapointed us because of how salty everything now tastes

    Anything that is proccessed is laden with salt. A loaf of shop bought bread has 5 teaspoons of salt in it compared to one in a homemade loaf

    You may find this calculator helpful when trying to find low salt products http://www.salt.gov.uk/cgi-bin/saltcalc.pl
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 21st Mar 05, 11:39 PM
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    I eat shredded wheat precisely because it has only 'trace' sodium. It's rather expensive though. I used to eat cornflakes until I discovered the salt content! Porridge is great too but I can never be bothered making it!
    by DingDong
    Used to be the same as couldn't be bothered making porridge, and hated cleaning the pot - yeugh!. Now done in bowl in microwave, only takes about 3 mins, and its so much easier to clean pyrex bowl. If only making for me, I just use my normal cereal bowl to save on washing up, being a right lazy one! Only thing is, I add salt to my porridge, but you can always add sugar or honey (what sacrilege is this coming from a Scottish mouth here!).

    If you get the chance to get a load of tomatoes cheaply at a market, why not make up a big batch of tomato sauce and freeze in suitable sized portions. Or oven roast the tomatoes to bring out the flavour, then make tomato sauce.

    Sorry can't help you with low salt cereals apart from porridge, as we don't eat them. Similarly no help with processed foods, as I really only buy tins of tomatoes, and didn't realize until recently how high the salt content is (approx. 0.4g per tin). Anyone else found low salt content tinned tomatoes, otherwise it will have to be done the hard (but more healthy) way!
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    • 22nd Mar 05, 7:27 AM
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    Thanks very much for all your help. I'm off to make some porridge.
  • Party_Animal
    We cut salt out about a year ago and now we find if difficult to eat anthing other then whats been home cooked due to the saltiness. Even meals from our favourte indian resturant have dissapointed us because of how salty everything now tastes

    Anything that is proccessed is laden with salt. A loaf of shop bought bread has 5 teaspoons of salt in it compared to one in a homemade loaf

    You may find this calculator helpful when trying to find low salt products http://www.salt.gov.uk/cgi-bin/saltcalc.pl
    by suki1964
    Thanks Suki, the link didn't work. It took me to a Microsoft Direct X link.
  • Lillibet
    I grew up on a salt free diet as my grandad lived with us & he had 4 heart attacks, angina (Sp?) & 4 heart bypass operations & had to have a low salt/low cholestral diet. I find it quite hard to eat most processed foods beacuase I find them so salty. The one exce[tion is takeaway pizza which I love but find myself drinking pints of water afterwards. It really isn't that hard to cut out salt, it takes around a month to get used to it but once you do you won't want to go back : you can taste the natural flavour of the foods again! You can always subsitite a few herbs whlist you get used to the taste.
    I agree that any kind of processed food is the worst offender & contains far more than you woud normally add in any cooking. It really is back to basics. Unadultarated food products or only those with trace sodium I'm afraid.
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  • Party_Animal
    Thanks Lillibet. Apparently 4 in 10 males and 3 in 10 females have high blood pressure so there's a lot of us about. The trouble is a lot of people don't know about it. I only found out by chance. I went in for an op and they took it before knocking me out. It was touch and go as to whether they'd operate as it was too high. Still you'd expect it to be raised a bit when you're waiting to go into theatre. Trouble is its still high, weeks later. So any dietary advice is very welcome.
    Thanks again.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 22nd Mar 05, 9:08 AM
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    suki1964
    Thanks Suki, the link didn't work. It took me to a Microsoft Direct X link.
    by Party_Animal
    Oh dear - dont know where I went wrong

    Anyway go to www.salt.gov.uk and you will find lots of info and the link to the calculator there

    Good luck with the dietry changes as they really can help lower blood pressure. I was hospitalised three times by time I was 35 because my blood pressure was so high. I was on drugs until I got my act together and cut out the alcohol, changed my diet, took up some exercise (walking and swimming) and lost 3 stone weight. Blood pressure is still at the higher end of normal but I at least no longer take drugs daily. Unfortunately Im still a smoker

    The other big change I made which I believed really helped was to change jobs. I was in a job I hated but stayed in because of the money. I found it very stressful and did have a lot of sick time. I now work less hours for less money but am much calmer and happier. And the drop in money hasnt really been that noticable as we no longer spend so much on take outs and resturants
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    I have high blood pressure and am on medication for it, i used to add salt to my vegs when i cooked them, but i am finding that if i steam them, they dont need salt.
    • Austin Allegro
    • By Austin Allegro 22nd Mar 05, 9:43 AM
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    I find that mixed herbs and garlic make quite a good substitute for salt on potatoes, pasta etc.

    People next to me on the bus might not agree though...
    • tiff
    • By tiff 22nd Mar 05, 10:26 AM
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    tiff
    A lot of American recipes include salt, including some cookies I made. I NEVER add salt and I always reduce the amount of sugar quoted, everything has still come out really well. The only time I actually use salt at the table is on chips.

    Doesnt milk containt salt too? I didnt realise cornflakes were high in salt. This just reinforces that we dont know enough about the food we eat, despite the nutrition labels which arent that easy to understand if you know nothing about nutrition!
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    • in my wellies
    • By in my wellies 22nd Mar 05, 10:38 AM
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    Margaret
    I don't think there is anything wrong with Lo Salt for most people. It just must be avoided by people on certain medication for high BP. Something to do with potasium build up in the kidneys. My OH needs three every day and we can't remember which one causes the problem.
    We steam all the veg now and don't put the salt pot on the table. The children never look for it.
    • tiff
    • By tiff 22nd Mar 05, 10:42 AM
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    tiff
    My father in law had a stroke when he was 42 and lost the use of one side of his body. He is now 67 and has to watch his blood pressure, he is also diabetic. My MIL uses LO Salt, maybe she should ask his doctor about that?
    A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went. - Dave Ramsey
    • in my wellies
    • By in my wellies 22nd Mar 05, 10:53 AM
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    I should think he will be after 25 years! My husbands test result showed after only 1 year but now it's OK. I think the doctor would be aware of it, all the doctors my OH sees are very aware of the test.
  • Party_Animal
    Does anyone know a good way of making stock without using much salt. I've been checking stock cubes and gravy granules; both high in salt. I'm making a chicken chillie for tea and I'd never reaalised before how much salt went into it indirectly. I've got some passata instead of tinned tomatoes but there's salt in the beans and I normally add some chicken stock.
    Thanks again for all the above advice.
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