The term ‘homemade’ perhaps isn’t the best to use, since it implies something that you actually created in the home. However, there are many salt substitutes that work extremely well, and that nature has provided for us in abundance.
Though sodium is crucial for the body to function, especially in the nervous system, there may be many reasons that a person needs to or must restrict the amount of sodium they take in. Most people benefit by lowering their sodium intake, in fact, as it is found in most of the food they eat. It is the additional sodium added to food in the form of salt that is usually the problem.
Most of these additives come in the form of sodium chloride, or table salt. It is interesting to note that both sodium and chloride are poisonous, but our bodies need both in minute quantities.
The simplest substitute is one that has very similar properties: Potassium chloride, sometimes sold as ocean salt or sea salt. Potassium is also needed by the body, and can actually help counteract the problem of too much sodium intake. Real sea salt also contains traces of numerous other minerals that the body needs but sometimes doesn’t get in large enough quantities.
For the same reason, powdered kelp will give a salty flavor to foods without increasing the sodium levels, since it grows in the ocean. It may sound unappetizing to many people, but most are pleasantly surprised at the flavor it imparts.
Both salt brush and wood sorrel are excellent salt substitutes. Neither really impart the saltiness associated with sodium chloride, but both have a good ability to curb the craving for salt.
Garden sage is another plant that can be used as a salt substitute. While low on sodium, sage can be useful in cutting salt consumption. Many other herbs can be used instead of table salt, including rosemary and thyme.
An often-overlooked substitute is hot peppers. Jalapenos and the like contain substances that disable a lot of our ability to either want or taste salt. Though not for everyone, these spicy peppers can be an excellent way to curb the intake of salt, of any sort.
Soy is a plant that can be successfully used to replace salt and to curb the craving for salt. It also doesn’t mask the food that it is used in, which gives it additional appeal.
Even for people who don’t absolutely have to limit their sodium content, the additions above are healthful and can go a long way toward making us all feel better, without really changing many of our other eating habits.
There are many different substitutes for the sodium taken in by using table salt. Unfortunately, the majority of the sodium we take in doesn’t come out of a salt shaker, but rather out of boxes and packages of processed foods. To truly get away from high sodium intake, we need to start cooking our own food from scratch and to start eating more fresh vegetables and fruits.
When we begin to do this, the salt shaker no longer makes much difference. The best part is that people using the substitutes often don’t even miss the salt.