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Salt Alternatives...Salternatives?

Stop worrying about Salt intake.
Jeepers! Now we've got government sticking its hands into our spice rack!
Ohh. Sorry if I've offended anyone... It's for YOUR OWN GOOD that they're doing it.

Many people suffer health problems because they don't get ENOUGH salt in their diets.

At the 2004 European Geriatrics Congress in Vienna, Professor Ingo Fusgen of the Department of Geriatrics at Germany's University of Witten-Herdecke presented research showing that as much as 10 percent of seniors may suffer from hyponatraemia (low blood levels of sodium).

Hyponatraemia often goes undiagnosed because symptoms are so similar to some of the conditions that we associate with aging, such as fatigue, poor concentration, confusion, poor balance, and incontinence. When hyponatraemia becomes pronounced, hallucinations and even coma may result.

Prof. Fusgen also reported that 80 percent of the elderly subjects in his research told him they avoided salt based on the popular misconception that salt intake causes high blood pressure (HBP).

In a press release, Prof. Fusgen stated that many otherwise healthy older people might be in danger simply because of the widespread belief that a low-salt diet is healthy.

But salt isn't just a tasty addition to your meal -- it's a scientific fact that a low-sodium diet can actually RAISE blood pressure in some people.

The so-called experts can't even tell you WHY blood pressure rises in the first place...so you shouldn't trust them to tell you how to lower it, either.

If you're generally healthy and stick to a balanced diet, you have no reason to lose the saltshaker. Shake it 'til your wrist gets sore and you'll be just fine.

Just stick with pure sea salt -- untreated and unadulterated, it's actually gray. I don't care what fancy- schmancy name is on the label -- if it's snowy white, it's been treated. Toss it out and get the right stuff.

And if you eat a steady diet of processed foods and other crapola, you've got much bigger problems than sodium.

Am I wrong for not likeing salt

Enjoy your salt. The so-called experts can't even tell you WHY blood pressure rises in the first place...so you shouldn't trust them to tell you how to lower it, either.

A study was published in the online Journal of General Internal Medicine, and while it doesn't actually come out and say that a low-salt diet is actually BAD for the heart, it does cite some intriguing stats showing that people who eat the least salt suffer from the highest rates of death as a result of heart disease. The one quarter of patients in the study who ate the least salt were – ready for this? – 80 PERCENT more likely to die from cardiac issues than the 25 percent in the study who consumed the MOST salt.

This should really be no surprise in the medical community. In spite of what you hear on TV and read in magazines, there's no agreement in the medical community that salt is the key factor in the development of such dangerous maladies as high blood pressure and hypertension.

Dr. Hillel W. Cohen, the author of the study, finally acknowledged the questionable link between salt intake and high blood pressure. "The main argument for reducing salt in the prevention of heart disease has been that there's a relationship between higher sodium and high blood pressure," he said. "But when one actually looks at the numbers, the average blood pressure difference associated with quite a bit of sodium intake is very modest."

The fact is, without salt, you'd die. It's an essential nutrient that your body can't manufacture on its own. It plays a critical role in regulating vital bodily function, and it's a key element in the fluids that transport life-giving oxygen throughout the body. Salt maintains the body's fluid balance. What's more, the body automatically disposes of excess salt in your system. So the oft-heard claim that you can have "too much" salt in your diet? Well that's just not physically possible.

Many people suffer health problems because they don't get ENOUGH salt in their diets.

At the 2004 European Geriatrics Congress in Vienna, Professor Ingo Fusgen of the Department of Geriatrics at Germany's University of Witten-Herdecke presented research showing that as much as 10 percent of seniors may suffer from hyponatraemia (low blood levels of sodium).

Hyponatraemia often goes undiagnosed because symptoms are so similar to some of the conditions that we associate with aging, such as fatigue, poor concentration, confusion, poor balance, and incontinence. When hyponatraemia becomes pronounced, hallucinations and even coma may result.

Prof. Fusgen also reported that 80 percent of the elderly subjects in his research told him they avoided salt based on the popular misconception that salt intake causes high blood pressure (HBP).

In a press release, Prof. Fusgen stated that many otherwise healthy older people might be in danger simply because of the widespread belief that a low-salt diet is healthy.

If you're generally healthy you have no reason to lose the saltshaker. Shake it 'til your wrist gets sore and you'll be just fine.

Just stick with pure sea salt -- untreated and unadulterated, it's actually gray. I don't care what fancy- schmancy name is on the label -- if it's snowy white, it's been treated. Toss it out and get the right stuff.

And if you eat a steady diet of processed foods and other crapola, you've got much bigger problems than sodium.

AMC Movie Theater KIPS BAY - DINNER AFTERWARDS

My earlier posting was not clear so I'm trying this again with greater specificity:

I'm looking for a great place to eat after seeing a movie at AMC (2nd Avenue and 31 Street).
Quality and taste of food is absolutely paramount.
Cleanliness is important - Don't even THINK about recommending SARGES DELI!
Decor , style, candle lights, perfumed soap in the toilet NOT A FACTOR.
Must be within 6 block radius of the movie theater... give or take .

No one in the group has any food allergies or food issues
Everybody eats EVERYTHING, so diet is NOT an issue either.

Thank you.

May 29, 2009
brothertruffle880 in Manhattan

Hungry on East 30's, NYC

High quality --not necessarily fancy-- means the quality of the food is 100,000% more important than the quality of the atmosphere, the typface of the signage, the celebrities who get comp'ed there, the designer lighting sconces, the Rockwell-designed interior, etc.
That's what I mean by high quality --not necessarily fancy..

May 29, 2009
brothertruffle880 in Manhattan

Hungry on East 30's, NYC

I"m looking for a high-quality food --not necessarily designer fancy, or dress-up fancy-- eatery in the East lower/mid 30's or UPPER 20's in Manhattan.
We're going to the movies at AMC KIPS BAY and want to eat afterwards. Nothing lower than 25 Street PLEASE!

Quality of the food is 100,000% more important than the quality of the atmosphere, the typface of the signage, the celebrities who get comp'ed there, the designer lighting sconces, the Rockwell-designed interior, etc.
That's what I mean by high quality --not necessarily fancy

We really like Artisnal but the place has really gone downhill; nosedived as a matter of fact... Apps and main courses arrive COLD --haven't they taught the new staff about warming plates??? -- and the help is not that professional and/or well-trained. VERY Long waits between courses.

There used to be an Aiello's chicken wing place on 32nd and 2nd but this joint switched owners and subsequently went under and was replaced with some sort of chicken parmasiana/;pizza joint. Doesn't look too appetizing and I'm sick of people subsituting chicken when VEAL is what is called for.

HELP!!!!

May 29, 2009
brothertruffle880 in Manhattan

Pork and Pâté Vietnamese Sandwich (Banh Mi)

Jeez JRCann YOU ARE CORRECT!!! I'm a bread fanatic and completely missed that! SCORE FOR JRCann!

Mar 18, 2009
brothertruffle880 in Recipes

Anyone use Costco vs BJ's for Deli Platter or Birthday Cake?

Costco has a GREAT sheet-style carrot cake. Their other sheet-style cakes are painfully medicore. The deli platters consisting of wraps... forget 'em. Awful, too much wrap, too little filling. The sushi platter at costco.. also terrible. Better bet: buy some of their great pre-sliced smoked salmon and put THAT out next to some of their great artisnal breads. Let your guests make their own sandwiches. ALSO, depending on which Costco you live near, get some of their mesquite wings (baked and ready-to-eat) and spare ribs. They're very good and reasonably priced.

May 13, 2008
brothertruffle880 in Chains

Cheap Callebaut chocolate at Stew Leonards

Which Stew Leonards? Yonkers? Norwalk? Westport?

Sunday Brunch/Dinner in Westchester (Pleasantville, Briarcliff Manor, Chappaqua)

Looking for a place with really good food for tomorrow brunch and/or dinner. I don't mind paying a few extra bucks if the food and service are top-notch.