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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: salt
Date: March 27, 2008 at 7:00 pm PST

In Reply to: salt posted by Marjorie Goforth on March 22, 2008 at 7:58 am:

Hi Marjorie,

Glad you enjoyed the video. I Hope to be making some more starting in April.

>>I found a new salt substitue that is supposed to really taste good. It is caled "Also Salt".

Well, you know the rule, if it tastes good, it can't be good for you. :)

Unfortunately, in this case, there is some truth to it.

I am not a fan of salt substitutes that contain potassium chloride as in excess, it has its own set of problems. And, as you mentioned, it tastes good, so people tend to overuse it.

We get in enough potassium from a healthy diet, so in general we do not need to be adding anymore from a supplement of food product. In addition, in excess potassium can cause heart arrthymias and in enough excess can stop the heart.

Potassium chloride is actually the chemical dr Kevorkian used to stop his patients hearts. Of course, he used a fairly high dose.

I really recommend we make the transition away from salt and salt substitutes and instead look to using fresh culinary herbs and spices.

In addition, over time, if we do stay away from salt and salt substitutes, our taste buds adjust and we really begin to appreciate the great, but often subtle, tastes of whole natural foods.

In Health
Jeff


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