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Does everything taste salty to you?


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It seems like since I've been eating healthier, things that I used to eat taste too salty now.  Has this happened to anyone else?  Any suggestions for some low sodium food?

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I know that once I got used to eating healthier, potato chips in particular did seem really salty.

But you didn't say what foods taste too salty to you now, what you like to eat currently, and what qualifies as "low sodium" to you. Basically ANY home cooked food that doesn't have added salt is a low sodium food.

It's the canned, prepackaged, frozen, preserved items that have huge amounts of sodium.

YES! I eat canned tuna all the time but I recently had a tuna sub at Subway and it was disgusting. I had to scrape out all the tuna to salvage the veggies. It tasted like they'd poured a cup of salt in the sub. TUNA!! Of all things.

I was eating veggie chips from whole foods.  There has been other things too any kind of cracker,  or canned soup, a rice meal from whole foods.  All taste way to salty now.  I know I need to learn on cutting down on the processed foods.  I'm just not very good at figuring out what I like yet as a full meal.  Snacks are easy I'll grab some fruit or a veggie.  Any suggestions for preparing a whole meal?  I like to pan fry chicken that's about all I got going for me.

You've become 'salt intolerant'.  Because a lot of packaged foods are produced with high salt contents we can become 'salt tolerant' i.e. our taste-buds get used to so much salt and fail to taste it.  If you eat a low-salt diet for any length of time your taste-buds just revert to their natural state and you can taste salt even in very small amounts.  Commercially produced bread is very salty, for example.

Answer.... make your own food.  Avoid packaged and processed foods as much as possible because even the ones advertised as 'reduced salt' are not reliable.  Also avoid preserved meats like hams, smoked fish and salamis - high salt by definition.  When making your own food you can add as much or as little salt as you like.
dining out is particularly sweet/salty!  i try to find something without sauce/dressings but even then it's super salty.  i always end up eating less than when i eat at home because i end up filling up so much on water and tea.  i always keep altoids in the car and it helps get the strong flavors out of my mouth but some places, i can't get rid of the taste even after brushing and rinsing!
HAHA Yes!
My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy becuause I wipe salt off of things.

Man... Soups, Crackers, Chips, Fries, most Veggie dishes in Restaurants, Pasta, Pre-Packaged Meals, Those Noodle Cups...

Yeah, I think its great, becuause then I dont eat as much of the food if I find it too salty... But is it just me or is it now that you dont eat as much salt, when you do get a large dose of it you puff up like a balloon?

I do.

It sucks.

OH and people think I'm crazy nuts for not putting salt in the water when I cook pasta. They say "IT Wont Cook Right!!"... I dont understand becuase they always come out perfectly for me...

strange.

I'm finding the same thing when it comes to salt.  I don't know about in the States but in Canada we have a meat place called M & M Meats.  Everything is frozen but I like it because you can get individual portions, however, I've noticed that the sodium content is through the roof, so once my supply runs out I'll not be shopping there quite so much.  Also, the restaurant food tasts way too salty.

I guess healthy eating makes one need to change the old habits of food.

same here.  This is one of the things of which I'm most proud.   I stopped the salt for my BP (which it didn't help) but also to avoid extreme weight flucuations.

I was annoyed at Christmas to realize the store turkeys had sodium injected.  We then bought an organic one.

The only thing I still use salt on is popcorn.  I tried a light salt, but it still had extremly high sodium.

Funny how salt usage has changed over the years.  I'm boxing up glassware that was my mothers and I can't even tell you how many sets of salt shakers she had.  Plus she (and g'mother) had these (cereal bowl size) 'crocks' of salt they kept by the stove to just grab a pinch.  I also have some "salt cellars" tiny little, individual bowls that used to be put by each place setting, in the old days.

Yes things taste way too salty.  I like a little salt on my peanuts but the planters salted are way too salty, I am thinking about mixing them with the nonsalted ones.

Original Post by raz:

HAHA Yes!
My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy becuause I wipe salt off of things.

Man... Soups, Crackers, Chips, Fries, most Veggie dishes in Restaurants, Pasta, Pre-Packaged Meals, Those Noodle Cups...

Yeah, I think its great, becuause then I dont eat as much of the food if I find it too salty... But is it just me or is it now that you dont eat as much salt, when you do get a large dose of it you puff up like a balloon?

I do.

It sucks.

OH and people think I'm crazy nuts for not putting salt in the water when I cook pasta. They say "IT Wont Cook Right!!"... I dont understand becuase they always come out perfectly for me...

strange.

 My husband always tells me to add salt to our pasta water, I don't and it comes out perfectly too.

#6 and #10, too true. i have never added salt to boiling water. no difference that i have noticed. i think its a conspiracy to get people to consume more salt....

The pinch of salt added in cooking or the little sprinkled onto food only adds up to about 1/3 of our daily salt intake.  It's the processed food that's the killer.

Incidentally, salted water boils at a higher temperature than unsalted water so some foods will cook slightly quicker as a result  It's not a conspiracy, it's just cooking science.

i was joking....cant tell by your text if you caught on to that. anyways....that  explanation makes sense

So was mine meant to be more light-hearted than it looked.  Guess we should all add plenty of smileys to aid the nuances.....  :-)
Original Post by sconry81:

I was eating veggie chips from whole foods. There has been other things too any kind of cracker, or canned soup, a rice meal from whole foods. All taste way to salty now. I know I need to learn on cutting down on the processed foods. I'm just not very good at figuring out what I like yet as a full meal. Snacks are easy I'll grab some fruit or a veggie. Any suggestions for preparing a whole meal? I like to pan fry chicken that's about all I got going for me.

since you like to cook chicken. I like to brown a boneless/skinless chicken breast in some olive oil(not too much! :) I usually throw in some minced garlic and chopped onion I add other herbs too such as rosemary, oregano, basil, thyme (sorry I don't measure anything just a pinch or two of each you'll figure out what you like). when it's almost finished I add some diced tomato (I usually dice a fresh one, you could use canned but it would probably seem salty unless you got low sodium) and some toasted pine nuts. then I put it all over some pasta..I usually use penne but any kind works. I change things around a lot...green onion instead of regular, add zucchini or summer squash...etc..just play with it try adding things you like. think of things you like from restaurants and think of the ingredients they use. chicken is a blank canvas not too much it doesn't work w/

also there are tons of great recipes on here. you can search ingredients you like (make sure your under recipes not food) and you'll get lots of idea

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