“ Manufacturer: Lo Salt / Type: Condiments „
As I am now weaning my youngest child I am once again learning about food and nutrition. I made all the baby food for my first child, my little girl, and have started to make purees for my little boy too. As you start to make food for a person under 1 you will learn that they do not need any added salt to any of their food as their little bodies cannot cope with it. As my little girl got older and she started to eat the meals we ate I wanted to make sure that the salt levels were still low for her as I thought it would be healthier and also that we would benefit too. I am not a person who adds salt to their meals really. I know people who have a dinner put in front of them and will immediately reach for the salt and shake it all over their food before they have even tasted it. Yes, salt does give a nice flavour to food but there are times when you don't really need it. The only foods I will put salt on are chips and then I also use it now and again to season certain foods such as mashed potatoes and some fish.
Whilst I was looking at healthier alternatives to our regular meals I started to think that I could use a salt substitute and this is why I then switched to Lo Salt. Lo Salt is a reduced sodium salt alternative. According to an article I read, medical evidence shows that excessive sodium in the diet can increase the risk of high blood pressure. I thought if I can replace salt with something that is meant to be just the same then why not, it's an ingredient that you don't really notice anyway and an easy way in my opinion to change.
So far, I have only bought one tub of Lo Salt as like I've said above I don't use very much and as I bought the 350g tub it will last for a long long time. The tub has a plastic lid on the top which enables you to pour out the salt easily. There are two holes, one which is just a hole and one with little slats in so you can shake the salt over your food and not much of the salt will come out. The granules are not very big, this is not like rock salt or anything like that. According to the packaging this product has 66% less sodium than regular salts and is high in natural potassium.
The 350g tube cost me £1.39 so its ridiculously cheap too and really does last a very long time. It has quite a long shelf life so you do not need to worry about it going off either.
I can honestly say that I can taste no difference whatsoever between this and regular salt. It looks the same, it tastes the same and you can cook and bake with it in exactly the same way too so I would say do something good for your blood pressure today and make the switch
We all know that we are supposed to be reducing the amount of salt in our diet as it is linked to an increase in blood pressure and heart disease. However, food without salt is, quite frankly, not worth eating! We are not supposed to eat more than 6g of salt a day - which is practically nothing. Luckily, there is an alternative......an alternative which means that you really don't have to go without the taste.....and that's Lo-salt.
The ingredient in salt which is harmful is sodium, and so Lo-Salt works by reducing the amount of sodium in it and replacing that with potassium salts instead. Infact Lo-Salt has only a third of the amount of sodium compared to ordinary table salt - and obviously, if used every day, this can decrease your salt intake quite considerably.
Having used Lo-Salt for a significant length of time, I have to say that I cannot tell the difference in taste between ordinary salt and Lo-Salt. There really is no difference in taste whatsoever, and so there really is no reason that I can think of to not use Lo-Salt instead. Not only is the taste the same, but also the texture is the same also.
A cyllinder of Lo-Salt contains 350g and it costs approximately £1.40 from most supermarkets. The cyllinder has a top which allows you to opt for how you want the salt to come out. You can turn the dial to chose whether you want the salt to come out in sprinkles or whether you want to pour it out in a more substantial amount.
Overall, I would recommend Lo-Salt to anyone. There is a warning on the back which warns people suffering with kidney disease to check with their doctor before switching to a Lo-Salt diet.
I saw my mother in law using this salt as she now has high blood pressure and I thought I would try some for myself as I have seen regular reports saying that too much salt is bad for the body.
I am at a mature age now and trying to look after my body in areas that I can but I must admit it is not easy and I tend to always wander off track but I do try my best.
I thought this would taste different to the regular salt but I think there is not a lot of difference at all, just slightly and after a few times using it, you do not notice any at all.
It comes in a round hard cardboard tub, with easy to pour top, that sprinkles the salt straight onto food or in a container or salt pot if preferred.
It contains 66% less sodium than regular salt and excessive sodium in the diet can increase the risk of high blood pressure. So I think this product is a very good choice to get yourself on the way to a healthier lifestyle, it is high in natural potassium.
On the tub it does state the following:
People receiving medication for diabetes, heart or kidney disorders should consult their doctor before using a reduced sodium salt.
It can used in the normal way as the regular salt for baking, cooking and seasoning.
It is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and people who have nut allergies.
It can be found in any supermarket and it is priced around £1.39 for a 350g tub.
I am used to using it now and it is at least one way I can help myself to a healthier lifestyle because I love my sweets and cakes and I just cannot seem to give them up at the moment but salt is so much easier than sweets.
I rate it a 5 star.
These days we are told we should be conscious of how much salt we have in our diets but being a very old man now and still very healthy I wonder about this, over the years I have been a salt lover and have added it to everything and never worried about it yet here I am still living and breathing and with a clean bill of health.
I have to admit the scare mongering has led me to give less salt to my grandkids, although when we tried them on this Lo-Salt there was no way we could get them to eat their food.
I find Lo-Salt nips the tongue and has a very artificial taste to it and I would rather do without and it seems the grandkids agreed.
I find that this stuff tastes completely different from salt and as I enjoy salt this is no replacement for it, I find it ruins recipes if I use it in place of salt so it is obviously no good for that and if the kids won't even eat it then I am unsure what the point in this stuff is at all.
I use Saxa sea salt and will definitely be continuing to do so and my suggestion to people worried about salt intake would be just to use less rather than using this because it doesn't taste like salt and it ruins food, it's like replacing tomato sauce with strawberry sauce, you just wouldn't would you?
Lo Salt ~ The Reduced Sodium Salt.
There is a lot of media coverage on the tv this morning about how much salt there is in soups that can be bought at certain eateries on the high street. In some soups apparently there is more salt per bowl than can be found in a McDonalds meal or a full bag of crisps. I was very surprised by this and to be honest soup is probably the last thing that most people would consider to be so high in salt.
This tv report though brought to my mind the salt substitute that my husband and I use. We were both told by our doctors in Spain just over a year ago that we have high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and while my hubby now has to have tablets to rectify the problem as his was very high, I was told I could change my results purely by changing my diet and taking more exercise.
One of the things that we did change, amongst many others, was our salt intake. I have always been reasonably careful anyway with cooking with salt and to be honest I really did only put it into potatoes, and not the rest of the vegetables, as I find potatoes to be too bland without salt. But what I did do was to change to Lo Salt, a reduced sodium salt, as an alternative to natural salt. Lo Salt tastes exactly the same as regular salt you really cannot taste any difference.
Lo Salt comes in a white and pale blue, cyndrical shaped tub about 6" tall with a twist around little top that allows the salt to be released. It has clear bold writing on the label stating that it is Lo Salt and that it contains 66% less sodium than regular salts. On the reverse of the tub is all the nutritional information which is..... 0g for everything like fats, carbs, energy, fibre etc, etc, but contains 13.1g of sodium per 100g. This in comparison to regular salt including sea and rock at 39g sodium per 100g is very low indeed.
Lo Salt tell us that " Medical evidence shows that excessive sodium in the diet can increase the risk of high blood pressure. Lo salt is low in sodium salt and high in natural potassium. Lo Salt is the great tasting way to a healthier lifestyle, containing only one third of regular table, sea and rock salts".
The reverse of the label also tells us that it is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and nut allergy sufferers and that people receiving medication for diabetes, heart or kidney disorders should consult with their doctor before using a reduced sodium salt.
This product, I believe, has considerably helped us to stabilise our blood pressure and cholesterol levels they are still high but are now, with the use of other products too, slowly coming down to a more acceptable level.
I will continue to always use Lo Salt now as I really can't eat chips or eggs without salt, although I use it on very little else, a chip without salt is just not a chip!
Lo Salt is available in Asda or Sainsburys for £1.39 for a 350g tub.
For more information visit www.losalt.com
Thank you for reading!
Lo Salt - the salt alternative
I am quite conscious of the amount of salt in my diet, we all know that we are not supposed to exceed 6 grams a day but with the amount of hidden salt in foods, it can be difficult to stick to this. So, recently I bought Lo Salt which has 66% less sodium than regular table, sea and rock salt, but also claims to have all of the flavour.
According to Lo Salt's website, The Blood Pressure Association (the UK's blood pressure charity) says that reducing salt intake to 3g a day could prevent around 20,000 stroke and heart attack deaths in the UK each year. This is a massive statistic so seems a pretty good reason for looking at ways to cut our salt intake.
So, how does it taste?
Well it doesn't taste the same as salt, but it is pretty similar and having used it for a few days, I have found that I can easily replace salt with it. I try to cook most things from scratch so am also able to avoid a lot of the hidden salt in processed food. That hopefully means that the Lo Salt I add to food, is the majority of my salt intake.
One thing to be aware of though is that too much potassium can also be harmful, so people receiving medication for diabetes, heart or kidney disorders should consult their doctor before using a reduced sodium salt.
There is loads of great information on their website too so I would recommend having a look at it for more information.
In summary, this is a good alternative to salt and I will be using it from now on. Try it out and see if you can be a little healthier too.
I am young and my blood pressure is spot on. But with age comes responsibility and, as docs would have it, hypertension, so I do the sensible thing of trying to get into semi-good habits now. I say semi-good because a properly good habit would be to cut out virtually all the salt in my diet bar that little bit you need to keep functioning. I'm not that good, but in general I do eat very few processed foods and only add salt either in cooking or at the table - not both. And, when I am adding that salt, it is, nine times out of ten, lo salt.
Lo salt is not so much low in salt as it is low in sodium. Regular salt is sodium chloride, but lo salt is 66% potassium chloride and only a third NaCl. It's sodium salt that is bad for you, so by reducing that, the product becomes 'healthier'. Potassium is required by the body, and most people get less than their RDA, so it's not even as if you're replacing the bad stuff with a redundant filler - potassium has also been shown to reduce high blood pressure, so in that way the product is doubly good. Lo salt is currently the only widely available salt alternative in the UK, but since it's the only one, it can be found in virtually all large supermarkets and many smaller grocers.
Food ops irritate me at times, but luckily many 'features' lots of writers like to harp on about don't really factor in here. Lo salt is always white. And it's always salty. However so is regular salt, so you need a bit more information. If you change a recipe when you're cooking, it changes the taste, and the same thing applies here: altering the compound leads to an altered flavour. If you dribble it on your finger and then lick it off (and don't grimace because we've *all* done it), the taste seems a lot tangier than regular salt. A lot sharper. A lot more likely to induce a grimace (thus meaning I'll let you off if you've just done it and then grimaced when I told you not to). Added to boiling water when cooking pasta or similar, however, you can't really taste the difference. That's not to say you don't need it - pasta without salted water is like a brand new jar of Nutella without a spoon: what's the point? But, it fits in just as well as regular salt and so is a good substitution to make.
Lo salt only comes in granulated form. You can't buy rock lo salt (or lo rock salt) so it's unsuitable for salt mills that grind when you screw them or when you press a little button if you're really posh. However it comes in nice little tubs of varying sizes, all of which have big and little holes in the top bit for you to shake a lot or a little.
Lo salt is fat, protein, carbohydrate and calorie free, so next time the question comes up, you've an alternative to water to offer to the supremely fussy (best understood if you've ever seen the film 'A Cinderella Story'). If used in the same quantities as you would regular salt, it's better for you. Given the taste, I would use less if anything which makes it doubly good. You can use it wherever salt is used - for me that's mainly in pasta water though you can also use it in breadmakers (my next purchase with my dooyoo miles!), or when cooking vegetables etc. It behaves like regular salt (e.g. raising the boiling point of the water) so you don't have to learn to use it like the way you might have to learn how to drive a different make of car: if you can use one, you can use any where salt and its alternatives are concerned.
I use nothing but lo salt in my UK kitchen, though the regular stuff sits on my work surface in a giant salt grinder to keep my giant pepper mill company, and comes out for parties. If hypertension is a problem for you you've probably already heard of it, but if not, try it out, at least in cooking. 350g / 700g containers cost from under a pound, and even the smaller one lasts for ages.
http://www.losalt.com/ is a good site except when they tell you to add oil to cooking water for pasta which something I would never, EVER do.
Too much salt in the diet robs the body of potassium so it's a hugely sensible idea to have a seasoning product that actually gives the body more potassium than sodium.
How it works
Potassium enables nutrients to move into cells and waste products out. It promotes healthy nerves, fluid balance, insulin secretion, heart and gut function. It's a hugely important mineral that can be found in your five-a-day but robbed from the immense array of food that has too much salt in it. Lo Salt contains 66% potassium to 33.3% sodium ; that's a good ratio.
How to use Lo-Salt
I love cooking healthy food - but I want it to taste good too. With Lo Salt you can use in the same way as ordinary salt and not feel like you are doing something negative to your otherwise healthy dish. I find that it does season the food - but perhaps not to the same degree of saltiness as regular salt - but it gives you a quick dose of the essential mineral too.
The LoSalt website (www.losalt.com)which gives added information about the product gives this word of caution about its usage:
'Most people know processed foods often have large amounts of salt added, but few realise most also have potassium removed, pushing blood pressure higher and higher.
Please note that increasing your potassium intake won't - on its own - remove the need to reduce your salt intake. Too much potassium can also be harmful, which is why people receiving medication for diabetes, heart or kidney disorders should consult their doctor before using a reduced sodium salt.'
In my opinion, everyone who uses regular salt should consider the health impact of its daily usage. There are some supermarket lower salt seasonings - but I think that these may not be in the same potassium/sodium ratio. Making a small switch to this brand of salt can really make a difference to the delicate chemistry that is the workings of our bodies.