6 Easy Ways to Cut Sodium

By EatingWell Editors

Tips for reducing salt in your diet.

"I have been reducing the sodium content in my diet for over six years now. In January 2004, I was diagnosed with Lupus and ended up having kidney failure. As a result, I took on the challenge of living on an extremely low (to no) sodium...

5. Distract your palate.

Acidic flavorings like lemon or lime juice and vinegar can help bring out a food’s inherent savoriness, helping you reduce or even eliminate salt. Or, try a sprinkle of fresh grated lemon zest, chopped fresh or dried herbs, garlic or shallots; while not always a perfect replacement for salt, they can help ease the transition to lower-salt cooking by waking up other flavors. Get creative with seasoning blends, found in any spice aisle; just make sure they’re labeled “salt-free.” We like lemon pepper, poultry seasoning and salt-free herb blends like Mrs. Dash. (We don’t recommend potassium-chloride-based salt substitutes, which taste “off” to our palates.)

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