Posts Tagged ‘low salt’

“Low Sodium” Salt – coming soon!

March 24, 2010

A big announcement came out of a PepsiCo investors meeting yesterday – the company is working on a “Low Sodium salt.” Now I know a bunch of my readers just shouted “There ain’t no such thing!” at their computer screen, so I will try to explain.

PepsiCo’s new salt is designed differently. When you eat a potato chip, only 20% of the salt (if it is “normal salt”) dissolves on your tongue and gives you the salty taste. You chew and swallow before the rest of the salty flavor has a chance to kick in.

PepsiCo’s new salt is shaped and sized to allow more of the salt to dissolve in your mouth – consequentially, they can use less of it. This is also a part of PepsicCo’s plan to cut the amount of sodium in its food products by 25% over the next 5 years. The new low-sodium salt chips will be introduced in a few days.

This could be great news for those of us with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). When the doctor tells you that you have Heart Failure and puts you on a low sodium diet, the snacks go out the window… at the very least, they have to become an occasional treat. A very occasional treat. Perhaps now we can have a chip or two without worrying if we are bumping into our daily sodium limit.

But this is Pepsico’s newest Secret Weapon (not only against Sodium, but all the other snack producers) so we don’t know what is in their formula. If it contains a lot of Potassium Chloride (a popular “Salt Substitute”, just replace the Sodium Chloride with Potassium Chloride) then it won’t do CHF patients any good. Potassium can affect any number of our drugs. And if you are on Warfarin, then you really need to avoid Potassium Chloride. Potassium is Vitamin K, which causes blood to clot. Warfarin reduces the ability of the blood to clot, and the two substances almost cancel each other out.

Reducing your salt intake is a good choice, especially if you have Heart Failure. It remains to be seen if the new “Low-Sodium Salt” is a step in the right direction or much ado about nothing.

A low salt treat!

January 22, 2009

“Hey, you want some popcorn?”

If you’re me, you almost say yes… and then you remember that most commercial popcorn recipes are full of sodium. Gosh darn it, this Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) diet makes me angry at times. Whenever I went to the movies, I would almost always buy the largest tub of popcorn they had! And I would ask the person behind the counter for an extra spurt or two (or three!) from the butter machine! Well, that’s not happening any more.

I miss my popcorn.

But then a friend passed this recipe along to me. It is simple, takes hardly any time, and best of al, has almost no sodium! So if you have to watch the sodium content like I do (or just want a fairly healthy treat) try this popcorn recipe:

Buy a jar or bag of plain popcorn. A bag of a store brand of popcorn will usually cost about $1.00; there shouldn’t be any sodium in it but double check the nutritional statement on the bag to make sure.

Pour 3/4 of a cup of popcorn into a mixing container. A small bowl will do just fine. Fill a spoon with cooking oil… and then pour the oil out. You want just enough to wet the spoon. Use the oil coated spoon to stir your popcorn until it is coated with oil.

Pour the popcorn into a paper bag and fold the open end closed. Shake it good, then place it in the microwave oven. Cook it for three to four minutes. You’ll be estimating the first few times you cook popcorn, but you want to cook it until there is at least a second between pops.  Take the bag out and pour your popcorn into a large mixing bowl.

If you want to you can add some melted unsalted butter; I usually add some Lemon and Pepper Seasoning. The good L&P Seasoning is cut very fine, you will sneeze after shaking it out of the dispenser!

You’ve got a good movie on the TV, right? If so, sit back and enjoy your popcorn!