No-Salt / Low-Sodium Recipes and InformationI received a request from a reader looking for no-salt recipes for a relative with a heart problem. Many are reducing their salt intake these days due to various reasons. 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 such as beets, carrots, spinach, and particularly celery. Also avoid water filtered by a water softener, since it can multiply the sodium content in water up to 10 times.
Your doctor should specify the level of sodium intake per day and give you dietary guidelines. This can make the difference between a no-salt diet and a low sodium diet. Once you have your daily intake restriction level, you can check nutrition fact labels on products to calculate 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 will find several salt-free spice blends 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:
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