On 9/15/2021 1:34 PM, Steve Wilson wrote:
> Sure, it's more expensive than sodium, but you use so little it doesn't
> matter. Besides, it's healthier, and a lot cheaper than a doctor's
> prescription for problems caused by sodium.
And the side-effects thereof.
Potassium isn't without its problems, as well. It is particularly worrisome if
you have renal problems as potassium can easily build up in the body.
I found it easier to use other flavors in place of "salt". Given a bit of
time (and consistency), you learn to appreciate those other flavors just
as well. (OTOH, having folks over for dinner can leave them... "surprised")
I'm a huge fan of garlic and onion flavors (I go through 5 lbs of onions
weekly). And, "heavier" seasonings like Garam Masala and Vindaloo Masala.
Coupling flavors, textures and temperatures across your plate can leave
your mouth "happy" with the experience.
[I went to a McDonald's some years after deciding to minimize my salt
intake. Christ, the burgers tasted like they had been coated in salt
before being cooked!]
> You have to be especially careful as you grow older. I'm 79, and had seven
> strokes due to excessive sodium in my diet. My blood pressure skyrocketed,
> I ended up losing the vision in my left eye, had a quadruple fracture of my
> right leg due to falls, my right had is so numb I have trouble picking up a
> spoon, I was so weak I couldn't sit up let alone stand, and I lost the use
> of my legs. Try soldering something with one eye shut.
Sorry to hear that. A friend recently succumbed to her third (or fourth?)
stroke. I think she just got tired of "losing things" (abilities), towards
> I was lucky. Many people do not survive their first stroke.
Heart attack being another consequence of high BP.
> These problems were all caused by sodium. They never would have happened if
> I was taking salt free instead.
"Never" is a strong word. Salt certainly exacerbated your BP but
other things can act similarly (e.g., stress, poor sleep, etc.)
Pick the easiest ones to tackle first. Getting used to eating without
that salty taste is a relatively small concession, all things considered.
(though I do miss popcorn!)
I think sugar is a tougher lift for most people. You don't realize just how
much it creeps into your flavorings, sauces, etc. Esp HFCS! Making your
own foods is one way of seeing what you're REALLY eating!