Salt VS/ Sodium - What's the difference?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by kuntrygirl, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    What's the difference between the two?

    What are some spices/herbs/seasonings that you substitute in place of salt? Not something bland or yucky.....something that actually tastes worth while and you enjoy the taste of it on your food?

    What's the recommended amount of Sodium that a person should have daily?

  2. linben

    linben Songster

    Apr 5, 2010
    Austin, TX
    Sodium is one of the elements that make up salt. Salt is sodium chloride. Some people use that no salt which is potassium chloride but I think it is bitter. I really like Cavenders greek seasoning on almost anything. Not sure if it is available everywhere. One way to cut down on salt is to not use it when you cook, let each person add it at the end if they must.
  3. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    I use Mrs. Dash instead of salt. It comes in a bunch of different flavors to fit any food and any mood.
    It doesn't taste like salt, but it adds flavor.

  4. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Songster

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    I use alot of things instead of salt. Mostly pepper and garlic.
  5. catwalk

    catwalk Songster

    May 19, 2009
    Sodium is an element, salt is a compound formed with an ionic, rather than a covalent bond. The salt we normally consider is sodium chloride, but there are many others. Just because something is called a salt substitute, doesn't mean that it contains no sodium. If you are looking to season your food using less salt, consider other spices. Mrs. Dash makes great combinations without using sodium. The original is my favorite, and it goes with just about anything.
  6. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    Salt is a combination of two ions that dissolve in water...

    However, table salt is sodium chloride, and that is where the sodium comes in. Potassium chloride is a salt that is often used to replace sodium chloride for those who must restrict sodium. It does taste bitter to some people. Another solution to reduce sodium intake is to switch to sea salt, of which there are many varieties. Sea salt is a mixture of salts, mainly sodium chloride, and tastes very similar to table salt. It is lower in sodium per serving than table salt.

    The best way to reduce sodium intake is to cook from scratch and use little processed food. Everything in a can has salt and often MSG (monoSODIUM glutemate). MSG can also be labeled as "natural flavoring". Most frozen meals, packaged pasta dishes (mac and cheese, hamburger helper, etc), and any processed meat have high levels of sodium. Sodium is found in smoked meats (sodium nitrate, and sodium nitrite), and in "water or broth added" meats. Anything marinated from the grocery store will have high sodium levels. Some boxed cereal is very high in sodium. Ounce for ounce, Cherrios have more sodium than potato chips.

    Also when cooking, adding things like mushrooms, tomatoes, and certain cheesees will enhance flavors and add flavor without sodium. They, and certain other foods trigger "umami" flavor.

  7. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    I definitely like a lot of pepper and not much salt! [​IMG]
    Yep, sodium's one of the elements in salt. Or common table salt anyway. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2011
  8. chickened

    chickened Crowing

    Oct 2, 2010
    western Oregon
    If you cut out salt completely you would die from Hyponatremia fortunately you cannot remove natural salt from food. If used in moderation salt is beneficial to your diet.

  9. fuzziebutt

    fuzziebutt Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    I LOVE salt, and it keeps the wrinkles filled out. Especially the cankles! But I use sea salt, it's not as bad as regular salt. But bad enough.


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