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Old 09-11-2009, 01:53 PM
 
Location: NC
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Question Where can I buy Potassium salt, the kind used to lower Blood Pressure?

My mom who lives in India has high blood pressure, and her Dr. has advised her to use Potassium salt (KCl) instead of ordinary salt (NaCl). Problem is, Potassium salt is not easily available there, and even when they are, it's very expensive. So I figured I'll buy some from here in US bulk and send it to her. But, I can't find any good place here to buy it from. Couple of years ago, I bought some brand from Amazon and sent it to her, but she said the salt was very bitter.

Any ideas? Does anyone else use Potassium salt regularly in their diet? If so, where do they buy it from?
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Old 09-11-2009, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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How about just eliminating as much salt as possible from your dailey diet? Actually, I've never heard of KCI - kinda of interesting, tho.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:06 PM
 
Location: TN
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there is one called AlsoSalt that you might look into ... side note: K salt should not be used by people who are on certain medications (mainly some for bp and/or fluid) or who have kidney problems
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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It's pretty easy to find in no salt seasonings, amazon is usually where I see it.

Be careful to, it should taste very close to the same as regular salt. You can have an allergy to it (I know because I do) so extremely bad tastes or a rash could be something more.
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:54 AM
 
Location: NC
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How about just eliminating as much salt as possible from your dailey diet? Actually, I've never heard of KCI - kinda of interesting, tho.
Because she cooks for the whole family, it's kinda difficult to use one seasoning for her food, and something else for the rest. Ideally, I want something which the whole family can use as a whole with no ill-effects. It's KCl (Potassium Chloride - K is chemical symbol for Potassium, Cl is chemical symbol for Chlorine).

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there is one called AlsoSalt that you might look into ... side note: K salt should not be used by people who are on certain medications (mainly some for bp and/or fluid) or who have kidney problems
Thanks for the tip on AlsoSalt. Their website says FoodLion has it. I am going to run down later in the evening to see if my neighborhood FL has it. I also will try and sample it first, if they'll allow it, to see if it has any aftertaste or not. Expensive though.

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It's pretty easy to find in no salt seasonings, amazon is usually where I see it.

Be careful to, it should taste very close to the same as regular salt. You can have an allergy to it (I know because I do) so extremely bad tastes or a rash could be something more.
After my bad experience with my last Amazon purchase, I'd stay away from ordering anything online, unless I can sample it first. Otherwise, there'd be no way of knowing whether they have an aftertaste or not.

Thanks for all the replies so far.
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Anyone on calcium channel blockers, like Lisinopril, should NOT use such a salt. And yes, KCl does taste a little bitter compared to NaCl.

One of the better substitutes in some foods is vinegar. It can multiply the saltiness of foods or mimic the effect of salt on french fries, greens, and some other foods. Vinegar gets the tang from acetic acid, which is not a sodium product. Another thought is that MSG (monosodium glutimate) is a better flavor enhancer than salt that is used in miniscule amounts. Adding a small 4" x 1/2" section of dried kelp (contains a natural MSG) in a soup about 20 minutes from the end will pop the flavors without significantly increasing the sodium.
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