7 Tasty Salt Substitutes

Ditch the sodium without sacrificing flavor.

7 Tasty Salt Substitutes

By Reina Berger

These days, it seems like hidden salts are popping up in all kinds of unexpected foods. As it turns out, over 75% of our daily salt intake is linked to hidden salts in items like frozen meals, canned goods, and bread. Consuming too much salt can cause a spike in blood pressure, which may increase your odds of a stroke, heart attack, or kidney problems. To avoid putting a strain on your organs and stay as healthy as possible, try these seven delicious and flavorful substitutes courtesy of Dr. Jennifer Caudle, Assistant Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Trust us, you won't even miss the salt!


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Paprika

This versatile spice can be used in countless ways. Known as Hungary's national spice, paprika is great in omelettes and on top of deviled eggs, pasta, meat dishes, any variety of potatoes, roasted nuts, and even on popcorn if you are looking for a good salt replacement. While some versions can be quite spicy, you can also find a more mild and even sweet version if you don't like a kick to your meals.

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Fat Substitutes: Could They Be Leading to Your Weight Gain?

They're hiding in everything from low-fat cottage cheese to protein shakes.

Fat substitutes are compounds that resemble the chemical and physical properties of certain fats and oils and are often used to replace conventional fats (butter, oil) in baking and frying. They can help bring calorie counts down.

But fat substitutes are almost like secret ingredients that hide in plain sight, says Mark Schatzker, author of the upcoming book "The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well."

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