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November 25, 2012 1:51 PM
How do you measure your salt intake when you only eat clean homemade food, almost nothing processed?

When you eat processed food it's quite easy, you enter the values in MFP and it gives you your daily salt intake. But what happens to homemade recipes made from scratch?

I am wanting to stop drinking some processed soups, in an effort to reduce the sodium i take everyday. But it would be pointless if i make my own soup and load it with table salt, right?
I was thinking on buying some salt brand in small sachets but there's no such a thing where i live, they only sell those for restaurants and hospitality businesses.

Any ideas? :)

Thanks a lot!
November 25, 2012 2:01 PM
Under the food tab, there is a section for recipes. It will give you all the nutrition info for a serving of your homemade whatever. Sodium intake will be there. See what it is when cooking and adjust as desired.
November 25, 2012 2:11 PM
Thank you adini749!

Yes,i know about the recipes section and it's very useful. The problem is that it will only give you the sodium of the ingredients you use, but not the salt you would add to it manually. That's the kind of sodium i worry about XD

I'm seriously thinking on stopping to add salt completely and see if my tastebuds get adjusted. The problem is with the salads, they would taste like paper with absolutely no salt :/
November 25, 2012 2:16 PM
You quite simply measure the salt by gram or teaspoon. 1 level teaspoon = 6 grams = 2400 mg. sodium. (Yikes)
Don't forget baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and soya sauce, boullion etc.
Edited by FredDoyle On November 25, 2012 2:17 PM
November 25, 2012 2:18 PM

You quite simply measure the salt by gram or teaspoon. 1 level teaspoon = 6 grams = 2400 mg. sodium. (Yikes)
Don't forget baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and soya sauce, boullion etc.

Ahh nice!!! Thank you very much!
March 21, 2013 3:41 PM

I stumbled across your posts today. I just noticed the dates of these posts; so, sorry for the late reply.

You posted a comment/question on whether your tastebuds would adjust after switching to low-sodium diet. Based upon my personal experience, the answer is yes, they would.

I have always loved food that are not heavily seasoned. In fact, when I cook for myself (assuming nobody else would eat it), 90% of the time I would cook food from scratch with no salt or any seasonings at all. I actually like food that way. I used to eat out every once in a while and I didn't mind having food with salt and other seasonings.

About four years ago, I was diagnosed with some kind of "health condition". The doctor did all kinds of tests on me and he couldn't find the reason; he told me that the condition is benign and that this condition could last anywhere from years to decades based upon his experience. In the beginning of this year, I finally found the cause of my condition was sodium intake. Since then I have been on low-sodium diet, within a week, the condition was gone.

Now that I am so used to eating food with low-sodium; when I eat food made by the eateries (sometimes, my wife would bring home leftovers after eating out), they taste extremely salty to me now. I used to eat these food before too and I didn't find them salty at all.

That's why I say that your tastebuds would adjust after eating food with less salt.

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