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  • Considering how much some people like cup noodles this is not going to work.
  • food companies are already working to reduce sodium "by offering a variety of products to meet consumer demands - lower sodium, reduced sodium, lightly salted, and no salt options," according to a news release

    Screw the meaningless categories. If they were serious, food companies would put some sort of SodiumGuide on their packaging so consumers could make informed decisions. But that would be the wrong kind of capitalism.

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  • common sense is an oxymoron: food companies are already working to reduce sodium "by offering a variety of products to meet consumer demands - lower sodium, reduced sodium, lightly salted, and no salt options," according to a news release

    Screw the meaningless categories. If they were serious, food companies would put some sort of SodiumGuide on their packaging so consumers could make informed decisions. But that would be the wrong kind of capitalism.

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    Difficulty: customers would still have to *read* the guides.
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  • Can we start restricting other things that might kill you, too?

    So that the people with ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) will do it more in protest, the anti-vax, anti-mask folks kill themselves faster, and we can get to some semblance of normal.

    Maybe we can outlaw snorting cyanide, or making toothpicks from pressure treated wood.
  • Is potassium salt any good? Can we just get companies to start replacing half their salt with potassium salt? The price between the 2 at the store isn't very great.
  • "New research shows that for the vast majority of individuals, sodium consumption does not increase health risks except for those who eat more than five grams a day, the equivalent of 2.5 teaspoons of salt. "

    New, as in 2018 The article notes that only the Chinese generally hit that level.

    Apparently, our kidneys have evolved to handle a wide range of salt intake.  Mine manage to just barely keep me above the minimum of the normal range (Na and K), despite one of my hypertension meds being a diuretic and the other supposedly makes your body retain potassium.  I even use lite salt.
  • skyotter: common sense is an oxymoron: food companies are already working to reduce sodium "by offering a variety of products to meet consumer demands - lower sodium, reduced sodium, lightly salted, and no salt options," according to a news release

    Screw the meaningless categories. If they were serious, food companies would put some sort of SodiumGuide on their packaging so consumers could make informed decisions. But that would be the wrong kind of capitalism.

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    Difficulty: customers would still have to *read* ALL the guides.
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    Fixed. The raw numbers aren't a whole lot better than the marketing labels without some way to compare them.
  • That's crackers. Pretzel logic even. Obviously has a chip on her shoulder.
  • skyotter: common sense is an oxymoron: food companies are already working to reduce sodium "by offering a variety of products to meet consumer demands - lower sodium, reduced sodium, lightly salted, and no salt options," according to a news release

    Screw the meaningless categories. If they were serious, food companies would put some sort of SodiumGuide on their packaging so consumers could make informed decisions. But that would be the wrong kind of capitalism.

    [Fark user image 850x1163]

    Difficulty: customers would still have to *read* the guides.
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    aw c'mon, we all know reading is fumble-mental.
  • I use entirely too much salt, to the point where if I'm around people I consciously limit my intake for fear of embarrassment.  I'm 40, probably should limit it for my health.

    That being said, maybe due to exercising daily and sweating excess out I have no problems with blood pressure (at least the couple times a year I test myself at random / go to the dr) or water retention, maybe its not a big deal.

    probably the biggest deal is high salt & sedentary, you don't get it out of your system, causes problems?
  • 15 years ago, I had a kidney stone. Some medical professional told me that salted snacks increase your chance of a 2nd stone. So, I cut out all salted snacks. I had a lengthy phone conversation last week with a doctor friend whom I hadn't seen because of COVID and I mentioned how I'd cut out salted snacks. Salt doesn't cause kidney stones, he said. I felt like Humphrey Bogart watching gold dust blow away in Treasure of Sierra Madre.

    Now, I suspect that under the influence of pain killers that I'd dreamed the whole thing.
  • jzeeb: Is potassium salt any good? Can we just get companies to start replacing half their salt with potassium salt? The price between the 2 at the store isn't very great.


    I've used it. I don't mind it. It doesn't have a lot of fans on this tab.
  • yakmans_dad: 15 years ago, I had a kidney stone. Some medical professional told me that salted snacks increase your chance of a 2nd stone. So, I cut out all salted snacks. I had a lengthy phone conversation last week with a doctor friend whom I hadn't seen because of COVID and I mentioned how I'd cut out salted snacks. Salt doesn't cause kidney stones, he said. I felt like Humphrey Bogart watching gold dust blow away in Treasure of Sierra Madre.

    Now, I suspect that under the influence of pain killers that I'd dreamed the whole thing.


    10-15 years ago I had one (thank-glob, first and only) - at the time I was likely subsistence-ing on literally nothing other than sashimi and vodak - so it maybe makes a weird sort of sense?

    I just know I never want to feel that particular specific agony anytime again in my lifetime, lol. and this is coming from a "pain don't hurt" kinda guy - shot the fark up and bleeding out on a cold steel saltwater deck? meh and double-meh! but kidney-stone? ogod please kill me right now please please please.

    but the whole caffeine/fat/salt/etc. is now good for you no now it's bad for you no now it's good for you no wait it's bad for you again... man, I try to keep up and so does my doctorb, but...?
  • fasahd: jzeeb: Is potassium salt any good? Can we just get companies to start replacing half their salt with potassium salt? The price between the 2 at the store isn't very great.

    I've used it. I don't mind it. It doesn't have a lot of fans on this tab.


    we definitely don't seem to much talk about it here, that's for sure.

    I ain't mind it, think it tastes just fine. might even use it more, were the stuff prevalent/inexpensive as sodium.

    plus I've said a brazillion times before and likely will again: I like buying spice mixes sans-salt. because (a.) I'm a cheapskate who already owns salt, and (2.) I like being in control of sodium not even for health reasons but just for exact flavor I want to hit.
  • Been cutting back on salt lately . It's interesting when you realize how much salt is already in your food already .
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    Whenever I make a big batch of something at work, I have to have at least one other person taste it besides me to adjust salt content, because I farking love salt, and if I seasoned it to my preference, most people I serve it to would wither up and die after the first bite.

    I should probably chill out on that.
  • phedex: I use entirely too much salt, to the point where if I'm around people I consciously limit my intake for fear of embarrassment.  I'm 40, probably should limit it for my health.

    That being said, maybe due to exercising daily and sweating excess out I have no problems with blood pressure (at least the couple times a year I test myself at random / go to the dr) or water retention, maybe its not a big deal.

    probably the biggest deal is high salt & sedentary, you don't get it out of your system, causes problems?


    just wait until you're in your 50's.....
  • 151: Whenever I make a big batch of something at work, I have to have at least one other person taste it besides me to adjust salt content, because I farking love salt, and if I seasoned it to my preference, most people I serve it to would wither up and die after the first bite.

    I should probably chill out on that.


    I totally get the overton-window/beyond-biofeedback thin​g - whenever my Auntie would go out to a restaurant with us, she'd always have like a literal bandolier of spices and black-salt strapped under her salwar-kameez. I don't mean that in any pejorative sense, she simply wanted what she was used to - ditto to what sort of cooking she had made her own family, and even me, used to.
  • yakmans_dad: 15 years ago, I had a kidney stone. Some medical professional told me that salted snacks increase your chance of a 2nd stone. So, I cut out all salted snacks. I had a lengthy phone conversation last week with a doctor friend whom I hadn't seen because of COVID and I mentioned how I'd cut out salted snacks. Salt doesn't cause kidney stones, he said. I felt like Humphrey Bogart watching gold dust blow away in Treasure of Sierra Madre.

    Now, I suspect that under the influence of pain killers that I'd dreamed the whole thing.


    Nowadays, since there are several types of kidney stones, they will try and test for the type of stones you are at risk for to help you modify your diet.
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    tintar: 151: Whenever I make a big batch of something at work, I have to have at least one other person taste it besides me to adjust salt content, because I farking love salt, and if I seasoned it to my preference, most people I serve it to would wither up and die after the first bite.

    I should probably chill out on that.

    I totally get the overton-window/beyond-biofeedback thin​g - whenever my Auntie would go out to a restaurant with us, she'd always have like a literal bandolier of spices and black-salt strapped under her salwar-kameez. I don't mean that in any pejorative sense, she simply wanted what she was used to - ditto to what sort of cooking she had made her own family, and even me, used to.


    My dad was pretty kinda the same way when we'd go out to eat. And I get pretty much all of my eating habits from him. He'd just shake half the salt shaker on whatever the hell he ordered, salad, fries, pasta, whatever. Because that's how his mom seasoned stuff.

    A few months ago we went out to eat and he's currently very deep in Alzheimer's and dementia, and I had to literally put the salt shaker on the table next to us, because he kept forgetting he already drowned his salad in salt. I had to tell him 3 times "they're out of salt, there's a national shortage" before he finally gave up and just ate it.

    /He had a quadruple bypass when I was 17
    //I should definitely chill out with salt
  • I started reducing my salt way back in the late 1970's in an attempt to manage bad PMS. I will go through a 2 lb box of kosher salt every 5 years or so (and that includes canning pickles and sauerkraut). I follow recipes when baking but do not add salt when cooking. I have often sent food back in restaurants because it was too salty (soups are especially bad). It is amazing how much you can taste the food when it is not over salted*. I have tried some of the emergency/backpacking foods and so many of them are so salty they are inedible.

    *Except popcorn. Popcorn needs to be loaded with salt and butter.
  • jzeeb: Is potassium salt any good? Can we just get companies to start replacing half their salt with potassium salt? The price between the 2 at the store isn't very great.


    I can't tell the difference. But I never put salt on/in anything. I'm more of a garlic and pepper type.
  • catmandu: I started reducing my salt way back in the late 1970's in an attempt to manage bad PMS. I will go through a 2 lb box of kosher salt every 5 years or so (and that includes canning pickles and sauerkraut). I follow recipes when baking but do not add salt when cooking. I have often sent food back in restaurants because it was too salty (soups are especially bad). It is amazing how much you can taste the food when it is not over salted*. I have tried some of the emergency/backpacking foods and so many of them are so salty they are inedible.

    *Except popcorn. Popcorn needs to be loaded with salt and butter.


    I pretty much stopped adding salt to my cooking too.  And I usually make everything rather than order from restaurants or get premade food.  Now I notice when things are even a little salty.  I like salt, and I'll add salt to certain things (like soup lol) but restaurants overdo it a lot.
  • There's salt in frozen chicken. Can't escape it
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