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Making low-salt foods palatable

When cooking at home, Dr. Darrow, advises adding minced garlic or grated or dried onion. Other flavor enhancers include lemon juice, herbs such as oregano, basil, and rosemary, and spices like turmeric, cinnamon, and cumin. Many salt-free seasoning blends are available in your grocery store. However, Dr. Darrow cautions, "Don't use a salt substitute that contains potassium chloride. Potassium is also a salt, and some people have issues with potassium metabolism as well as sodium metabolism."

If your sense of taste has faded and you are trying to reduce your salt, it is especially important to add herbs and spices to make your food more appealing. Many older adults are at risk of inadequate nutrition because they don't eat enough.

Of course, if reducing dietary salt has had no impact on your blood pressure, you may not need to restrict salt. In this case, it's likely that your hypertension will be managed by medication. Weight loss and regular exercise also are effective tools in managing hypertension.

(Information taken from Women's Health Reporter)

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