My mother and other relatives flavored most every meal they cooked with salt. This is the way any people grew up. Today we are told to restrict our daily salt consumption, in order to preserve our health. Sodium alone however, is not the culprit. Too much salt causes the body to retain fluid which results in the heart working harder, and this in turn results is higher blood pressure.
I have watched this play out with my wife in recent years. She will say she has been exercising and walking and eating healthy, yet gaining weight. A few days later she will tell me her pressure is up. The last few times this has happened, is when she would devour an 8 ounce bag of potato chips or Fretoes, while reading a book.
The extra salt wiped out everything else she was doing right and raised her pressure. She would then decrease or cut out the chips, for a while, drink a little more water, eat bananas and raisins for the potassium and do deep breathing exercises. The result was her pressure would return to normal. And the 3 or 4 pounds of weight would leave
When I completely cut out salt, everything I ate tasted bland, and I missed the flavors of food, that I had become accustomed to. I found myself adding a little salt, and before I knew it, I had increased my daily intake. I found that if you are on a sodium restricted diet, and find it difficult to enjoy meals you once loved, there are a number of items you can substitute for salt.
The most popular salt substitute that is advertised is Mrs Dash, which has 16 herbs and spices. Mrs Dash now comes in an array of flavors you can choose from. Another alternative, which has been around for decades, is Old Bay seasoning. No salt, looks and tastes similar to table salt but has none.
The Morton salt company also has their own brand of a no salt product. Himalayan Pink Sea Salt has 50% less salt, and potassium has been added. Food Lion, Walmart and Kroger have their own brands of salt substitute on the shelves. I have used all of these but now, my wife makes her own.
All you need to do, is find the herbs and spices combinations that suit your pallet. In our kitchen cupboard right now, we have: Black pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Minced, diced onion, garlic powder onion powder, celery seeds, and crushed red bell peppers. We do not have a formula, my wife and I just add a few or all of tem depending on what food we are eating