“Really, there is no substitute for salt,” says pikawicca. “Nothing else performs like it in cooking.” But if you have to give up salt for medical reasons, is there any hope for you as a Chowhound?

There is such a thing as “salt substitute.” It’s sold in supermarkets and it’s mostly potassium chloride, says MikeG. He can’t stand the stuff, but if you can tolerate stevia as a sugar substitute, then you might be able to choke down fake salt. If you can have some of the real thing, great-tasting sea salt has a lot less sodium than regular table salt, says Sean.

Another approach is to eliminate your need for salt by going cold-turkey on salt for a few weeks. It took greygarious about two weeks to flush out the craving for salt, “but after that most commercially-prepared food seems unpleasantly salty. A canister of salt lasts me at least a decade,” says greygarious. Jeff Smith (the late Frugal Gourmet) minimized salt in his cooking after having heart problems: “He always said that increasing other seasonings, particularly pepper and lemon, compensated well for the absence of salt,” says greygarious.

Normandie has found that there’s something about vinegar that satisfies some salt cravings, even though it has no sodium. “I don’t know if in some way it interacts with the same taste receptors that salt does, but I know it works to a pretty good degree for me,” says Normandie.

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