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Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta in,
or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?


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Christopher M. > wrote:

>Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta in,
>or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?


There is no need to add salt in the first place.


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On Feb 1, 3:57 pm, (Steve Pope) wrote:
> Christopher M. > wrote:
> >Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta in,
> >or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?

>
> There is no need to add salt in the first place.
>

Pasta cooked in salty water tastes better than pasta cooked in plain
water. Easy enough to validate--just make two batches, drain and
taste test. I would think you can add the salt any time shortly
before or after you put the pasta in, as the volume of water is large
compared to the size of the pasta. -aem
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>>Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta
>>in,
>>or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?

>
> There is no need to add salt in the first place.


Doesn't it reduce the bubbling?


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> On Feb 1, 3:57 pm, (Steve Pope) wrote:
>> Christopher M. > wrote:
>> >Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta
>> >in,
>> >or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?

>>
>> There is no need to add salt in the first place.
>>

> Pasta cooked in salty water tastes better than pasta cooked in plain
> water. Easy enough to validate--just make two batches, drain and
> taste test. I would think you can add the salt any time shortly
> before or after you put the pasta in, as the volume of water is large
> compared to the size of the pasta. -aem


True. And it's not like it's going to absorb much when it first enters the
water anyway, if it's dried pasta.


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aem > wrote:

>On Feb 1, 3:57 pm, (Steve Pope) wrote:


>> There is no need to add salt in the first place.


>Pasta cooked in salty water tastes better than pasta cooked in plain
>water. Easy enough to validate--just make two batches, drain and
>taste test.


Well, perhaps my affinity for salt is different from yours. And
in any case I like "surface salt" -- sea salt applied after a
dish is composed, or when it is close to completion.

There are some exceptions, and one is pasta in broth (e.g. pasta
and leeks which I wish to be slightly soupy... not a total broth
dish like you would find in Italy, but in that direction).

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>> Christopher M. > wrote:
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>>>Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta
>>>in,
>>>or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?

>>
>> There is no need to add salt in the first place.

>
> Doesn't it reduce the bubbling?
>
>
> W. Pooh (AKA Winnie P.)
>

Salt raises boiling temperature to a very small degree, given the amount of
salt usually put into the pasta water.

IF you want to cut your bubbling. add 1 tablespoon oil to the water. The
lessening of bubbles will astound you.

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> Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta in,
> or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?
>
> W. Pooh (AKA Winnie P.)


It is a Federal crime to add salt after you've added the pasta. 10
years to life.
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On 2/1/2011 7:20 PM, Kent wrote:
>> > Doesn't it reduce the bubbling?
>> >
>> >
>> > W. Pooh (AKA Winnie P.)
>> >

> Salt raises boiling temperature to a very small degree, given the amount of
> salt usually put into the pasta water.
>
> IF you want to cut your bubbling. add 1 tablespoon oil to the water. The
> lessening of bubbles will astound you.


I just recently discovered that with rice. Rice always bubbled over
with foam no matter the size of the pot. Once I read here that some
sort of fat would reduce the foam, I've never had that problem again. I
use just a little slice of butter in the cooking water.


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> Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta in,
> or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?


It would behoove you to try both methods...and report on YOUR
experience. I can't tell you how you perceieve salt.
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> Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta
> in, or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?


You can do that. I've even added it after it has cooked when I forgot to
put it in at the beginning. I just stirred it through really well and
drained it. Tasted fine.

Lidia Bastianich had some salt tablets on her show. No clue where she got
them. She said one was the perfect amount for a pot of pasta.


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> Christopher M. > wrote:
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>>Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta
>>in,
>>or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?

>
> There is no need to add salt in the first place.


I believe there is. Lidia Bastianich said the water needs to be briny with
salt. Pasta hasn't got a lot of flavor. IMO, it doesn't taste like much if
you don't add the salt.


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> aem > wrote:
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>>On Feb 1, 3:57 pm, (Steve Pope) wrote:

>
>>> There is no need to add salt in the first place.

>
>>Pasta cooked in salty water tastes better than pasta cooked in plain
>>water. Easy enough to validate--just make two batches, drain and
>>taste test.

>
> Well, perhaps my affinity for salt is different from yours. And
> in any case I like "surface salt" -- sea salt applied after a
> dish is composed, or when it is close to completion.
>
> There are some exceptions, and one is pasta in broth (e.g. pasta
> and leeks which I wish to be slightly soupy... not a total broth
> dish like you would find in Italy, but in that direction).


I use sea salt in my cooking unless the recipe calls for something else.
The only foods I like the surface salt on, as you say, would be popcorn,
French fries and similar types of potatoes, baked potatoes and green salad.
Otherwise I don't like it at all.

My mom cooks without salt. She always tells us if we want salt to add it
later. For me it doesn't work that way. Brown rice with salt on it just
tastes like salty brown rice. But add the same amount of salt in cooking
and it tastes fine.


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"Christopher M." > wrote in message
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>> Christopher M. > wrote:
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>>>Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta
>>>in,
>>>or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?

>>
>> There is no need to add salt in the first place.

>
> Doesn't it reduce the bubbling?


I believe salt lowers the boiling point. But then again I have read that it
raises the boiling point. I honestly don't know which is true.




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>> There is no need to add salt in the first place.


>I believe there is. Lidia Bastianich said the water needs to be briny with
>salt. Pasta hasn't got a lot of flavor. IMO, it doesn't taste like much if
>you don't add the salt.


I guess my view is once you try it a few times without salt,
you will never miss it. Salt preference is very much a matter
of what you're used to.

I haven't added salt (nor oil) to pasta boiling water for many
years, maybe a couple decades, and I don't miss it at all.

Tangentially: I did try the Bionature pasta that Christine and
others recommended here. And, it seems maybe slightly slightly better
than other whole wheat pastas. It's apparent from the labeling that
it is slightly less dried out (less carbs, calories, and protein per
ounce of dry pasta), and their blurb says something about
a special "slow drying process".


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> Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta in,
> or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?
>
> W. Pooh (AKA Winnie P.)


Nahhh, the salt will still dissolve in the water and then soak into
the pasta as the pasta cooks. Of course the sooner you put the salt in
the water, the more of it will end up IN the pasta.

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On Feb 1, 7:07*pm, Cheryl > wrote:
> On 2/1/2011 7:20 PM, Kent wrote:
>
> >> > *Doesn't it reduce the bubbling?

>
> >> > *W. Pooh (AKA Winnie P.)

>
> > Salt raises boiling temperature to a very small degree, given the amount of
> > salt usually put into the pasta water.

>
> > IF you want to cut your bubbling. add 1 tablespoon oil to the water. The
> > lessening of bubbles will astound you.

>
> I just recently discovered that with rice. *Rice always bubbled over
> with foam no matter the size of the pot. *Once I read here that some
> sort of fat would reduce the foam, I've never had that problem again. I
> use just a little slice of butter in the cooking water.


I'm cooking a batch of brown rice as I type. Brought the water, salt
and butter up to a good rolling boil, dumped in the rice, brought back
to boil, covered and turn the heat down to a simmer, and in one hour:
perfectly cooked brown rice!

I get no boiling over, ever.

John Kuthe...
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"Steve Pope" > wrote in message
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> Julie Bove > wrote:
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>>"Steve Pope" > wrote in message

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>>> There is no need to add salt in the first place.

>
>>I believe there is. Lidia Bastianich said the water needs to be briny
>>with
>>salt. Pasta hasn't got a lot of flavor. IMO, it doesn't taste like much
>>if
>>you don't add the salt.

>
> I guess my view is once you try it a few times without salt,
> you will never miss it. Salt preference is very much a matter
> of what you're used to.


Wrong, IMO. I learned to cook without salt so always made my pasta without.
Until I learned on various cooking shows that it does need salt. It is MUCH
better with.
>
> I haven't added salt (nor oil) to pasta boiling water for many
> years, maybe a couple decades, and I don't miss it at all.


I can certainly tell if it is cooked without.
>
> Tangentially: I did try the Bionature pasta that Christine and
> others recommended here. And, it seems maybe slightly slightly better
> than other whole wheat pastas. It's apparent from the labeling that
> it is slightly less dried out (less carbs, calories, and protein per
> ounce of dry pasta), and their blurb says something about
> a special "slow drying process".


I believe I used it years ago. Can't remember much one way or the other.
> Steve



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Yes. I do it often.

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> or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?


Try rubbing the salt into the insides of your eyelids and report
back.
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> Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta
> in, or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?
>


As long as the salt is added by the half way cooked point it comes out just
fine. You really do need salt otherwise the pasta is quite bland and flat
tasting. The water should have a slightly salty taste too it, not quite sea
water strength.

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"Kent" > wrote in message
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> "Christopher M." > wrote in message
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>> "Steve Pope" > wrote in message
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>>> Christopher M. > wrote:
>>>
>>>>Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta
>>>>in,
>>>>or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?
>>>
>>> There is no need to add salt in the first place.

>>
>> Doesn't it reduce the bubbling?
>>
>>
>> W. Pooh (AKA Winnie P.)
>>

> Salt raises boiling temperature to a very small degree, given the amount
> of salt usually put into the pasta water.
>
> IF you want to cut your bubbling. add 1 tablespoon oil to the water. The
> lessening of bubbles will astound you.
>
> Kent


Thanks. I hate having to turn down the temperature and extend the cooking
time.


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On Feb 1, 7:07 pm, Cheryl > wrote:
> On 2/1/2011 7:20 PM, Kent wrote:
>
> >> > Doesn't it reduce the bubbling?

>
> >> > W. Pooh (AKA Winnie P.)

>
> > Salt raises boiling temperature to a very small degree, given the amount
> > of
> > salt usually put into the pasta water.

>
> > IF you want to cut your bubbling. add 1 tablespoon oil to the water. The
> > lessening of bubbles will astound you.

>
> I just recently discovered that with rice. Rice always bubbled over
> with foam no matter the size of the pot. Once I read here that some
> sort of fat would reduce the foam, I've never had that problem again. I
> use just a little slice of butter in the cooking water.


I'm cooking a batch of brown rice as I type. Brought the water, salt
and butter up to a good rolling boil, dumped in the rice, brought back
to boil, covered and turn the heat down to a simmer, and in one hour:
perfectly cooked brown rice!

I get no boiling over, ever.


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> On Feb 1, 6:54 pm, "Christopher M." >
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>> Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the
>> pasta in, or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?

>
> It would behoove you to try both methods...and report on YOUR
> experience. I can't tell you how you perceieve salt.


I'm very sensitive to salt. I can't take the chance.


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>> Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the
>> pasta in, or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?

>
> You can do that. I've even added it after it has cooked when I
> forgot to put it in at the beginning. I just stirred it through
> really well and drained it. Tasted fine.


Cool. Thanks.

> Lidia Bastianich had some salt tablets on her show. No clue where
> she got them. She said one was the perfect amount for a pot of pasta.


That's a fantastic idea. I hate having to measure it out. Thank you.


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> On Feb 1, 5:54 pm, "Christopher M." >
> wrote:
>> Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the
>> pasta in, or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?
>>
>> W. Pooh (AKA Winnie P.)

>
> Nahhh, the salt will still dissolve in the water and then soak into
> the pasta as the pasta cooks. Of course the sooner you put the salt in
> the water, the more of it will end up IN the pasta.
>
> John Kuthe...


Hmm. Interesting.


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> On Feb 1, 5:54 pm, "Christopher M." >
> wrote:
>> Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the
>> pasta in, or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?

>
> Try rubbing the salt into the insides of your eyelids and report
> back.


Done that.


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>> Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the
>> pasta in, or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?
>>

>
> As long as the salt is added by the half way cooked point it comes
> out just fine. You really do need salt otherwise the pasta is quite
> bland and flat tasting. The water should have a slightly salty taste
> too it, not quite sea water strength.
>
> Paul


Thanks Paul. I remember hearing something like that. It's fun to measure
things with taste instead of tablespoons.


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Julie Bove wrote:
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>> aem > wrote:
>>
>>> On Feb 1, 3:57 pm, (Steve Pope) wrote:

>>
>>>> There is no need to add salt in the first place.

>>
>>> Pasta cooked in salty water tastes better than pasta cooked in plain
>>> water. Easy enough to validate--just make two batches, drain and
>>> taste test.

>>
>> Well, perhaps my affinity for salt is different from yours. And
>> in any case I like "surface salt" -- sea salt applied after a
>> dish is composed, or when it is close to completion.
>>
>> There are some exceptions, and one is pasta in broth (e.g. pasta
>> and leeks which I wish to be slightly soupy... not a total broth
>> dish like you would find in Italy, but in that direction).

>
> I use sea salt in my cooking unless the recipe calls for something
> else. The only foods I like the surface salt on, as you say, would be
> popcorn, French fries and similar types of potatoes, baked potatoes
> and green salad. Otherwise I don't like it at all.
>
> My mom cooks without salt. She always tells us if we want salt to
> add it later. For me it doesn't work that way. Brown rice with salt
> on it just tastes like salty brown rice. But add the same amount of
> salt in cooking and it tastes fine.


I remember reading that a saltless diet can be very unhealthy.


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Christopher M. > wrote:

>I remember reading that a saltless diet can be very unhealthy.


That's completely correct. If you ate no sodium whatsoever, you would
fall sick and die. But trust me, you get enough, no matter how little
salt you add when cooking anything.


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>>"Christopher M." > wrote in message
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>>> Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta
>>> in, or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?
>>>

>>
>>As long as the salt is added by the half way cooked point it comes out
>>just
>>fine. You really do need salt otherwise the pasta is quite bland and flat
>>tasting.

>
> Salt HAS NO FLAVOR, it simply enhances whatever flavor it touches.
>
> Pasta IS bland, which is why it isn't eaten by itself.
>
> Or, maybe YOU DO just eat a handful of bare pasta.
>


Pasta without salt is like a kiss without a squeeze. Nice, but lacking
passion.

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On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 18:08:05 -0800, "Julie Bove"
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> Lidia Bastianich had some salt tablets on her show. No clue where she got
> them. She said one was the perfect amount for a pot of pasta.


I searched for "salt tablets" on the website of the store she owns
with Mario Batali in NYC, but didn't turn it up. Here's a web site
for you
http://stores.theoliveandthegrape.bi...ino/Detail.bok

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On Tue, 01 Feb 2011 20:37:51 -0800, HumBug! >
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> On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 18:55:23 -0800, "Julie Bove" >
> wrote:
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>
> >Wrong, IMO. I learned to cook without salt so always made my pasta without.
> >Until I learned on various cooking shows that it does need salt. It is MUCH
> >better with.

>
> So your own PERSONAL EXPERIENCE says it DOESN'T need salt, but some moron
> on a cooking show says it DOES, and you go with the moron's opinion??
>

You have a problem with salt and need to be extra careful, she
doesn't. You sound like bobo.

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> On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 19:40:07 -0800, "Paul M. Cook" > wrote:
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>>"Christopher M." > wrote in message
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>>> Sometimes I forget to add salt. Can I add the salt after I put the pasta
>>> in, or will the salt stick to the pasta and make it very salty?
>>>

>>
>>As long as the salt is added by the half way cooked point it comes out
>>just
>>fine. You really do need salt otherwise the pasta is quite bland and flat
>>tasting.

>
> Salt HAS NO FLAVOR, it simply enhances whatever flavor it touches.
>
> Pasta IS bland, which is why it isn't eaten by itself.
>
> Or, maybe YOU DO just eat a handful of bare pasta.


I _love_ a good semolina pasta. But I wouldn't put salt on egg whites,
unless maybe it was a flavored salt like garlic salt.


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"HumBug!" > wrote in message
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> On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 22:56:52 -0500, "Christopher M."
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>>I remember reading that a saltless diet can be very unhealthy.

>
> On a junk science site??


It was a book about dehydration.

> There is WAY TOO MUCH salt in almost all processed foods, and even in many
> natural ones.


Some kids grow up eating organic, but saltless food. That's not healthy.
That's unhealthy.


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> On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 18:55:23 -0800, "Julie Bove" >
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>>Wrong, IMO. I learned to cook without salt so always made my pasta
>>without.
>>Until I learned on various cooking shows that it does need salt. It is
>>MUCH
>>better with.

>
> So your own PERSONAL EXPERIENCE says it DOESN'T need salt, but some moron
> on a cooking show says it DOES, and you go with the moron's opinion??


I don't think those people I saw are morons. Yeah there are a few chefs
that I am not overly fond of. But if some people say it, I will believe
them.


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> On Tue, 01 Feb 2011 20:37:51 -0800, HumBug! >
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>> On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 18:55:23 -0800, "Julie Bove" >
>> wrote:
>>
>>
>> >Wrong, IMO. I learned to cook without salt so always made my pasta
>> >without.
>> >Until I learned on various cooking shows that it does need salt. It is
>> >MUCH
>> >better with.

>>
>> So your own PERSONAL EXPERIENCE says it DOESN'T need salt, but some moron
>> on a cooking show says it DOES, and you go with the moron's opinion??
>>

> You have a problem with salt and need to be extra careful, she
> doesn't. You sound like bobo.


I am on such a high dose of BP meds (for kidneys) I tend to have low BP. My
Dr. told me to eat more salt.


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> On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 22:56:52 -0500, "Christopher M."
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>>I remember reading that a saltless diet can be very unhealthy.

>
> On a junk science site??
>
> There is WAY TOO MUCH salt in almost all processed foods, and even in many
> natural ones.
>
> In fact, if you DON'T CHECK, you may be getting way too much salt in your
> food.
>
> I didn't check, until I developed serious high blood pressure problems.
>
> Now I SERIOUS watch everything I eat.


Sodium only affects about 10% of all people with high BP. I'm sorry that
you are one of them. I am not. Most of us are not. My diet is not overly
high in sodium. I have checked.


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> "HumBug!" > wrote in message
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>> On Tue, 1 Feb 2011 22:56:52 -0500, "Christopher M."
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>>>I remember reading that a saltless diet can be very unhealthy.

>>
>> On a junk science site??

>
> It was a book about dehydration.
>
>> There is WAY TOO MUCH salt in almost all processed foods, and even in
>> many
>> natural ones.

>
> Some kids grow up eating organic, but saltless food. That's not healthy.
> That's unhealthy.


Agreed.


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