Salt (table salt) is one of the most vital ingredients to add flavor to your cooking. Moreover, it contains iodine that helps regulate thyroid hormones in your body. Apart from this, salt also maintains the body’s electrolyte balance and thus supports the functions of muscles and tissues. However, too much of it can cause blood pressure, and kidney, liver, and brain issues. A study published in 2022, indicated that higher sodium intake is associated with higher NAFLD risk. Consequently, one option is to bring down your overall salt consumption. Alternatively, you can consider these 5 salt substitutes for Fatty Liver to reduce the harmful effects of consuming too much salt.
1. Kala Namak (Himalayan Black Salt)
This is my favorite alternative to table salt. In fact, I drink a glass of lemon water with black salt added every day! It contains less sodium than table salt so it helps with blood pressure. It is also high in antioxidants which are very important for the liver.
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2. Rock Salt
Rock salt is often considered one of the best table salt alternatives, this salt is found in salt mines and underground deposits of minerals. It has many benefits, but most importantly it helps improve digestion and metabolism and regulates blood pressure.
3. Himalayan Pink Salt
Himalayan Pink Salt is extracted from Himalayan regions and minimally processed. Recently, it has gained popularity and is almost a diet fad. Undeniably, It does have some amazing benefits – slows aging, helps you sleep better, regulates blood sugar levels, body/liver detox, and increases metabolism. In my experience, pink salt never fully dissolves properly and that leaves a gritty/sandy texture in the mouth when consumed. Am I doing it wrong? Please let me know in the comments!
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4. Sea Salt
Sea Salt is full of minerals that are found in seawater. It can help you lose weight, provide electrolyte balance, improve digestion, and also is anti-inflammatory. Instead of sodium, it has a high potassium concentration which also improves cardiovascular health.
5. Other Salt Substitutes Fatty Liver
There are several ingredients that can replace salt and enhance flavor. However, they are technically not a like-for-like replacement for salt. Still, they are often used as salt substitutes for fatty liver in various recipes. Hence, I have put them all in this one category. Here is the list:
- Lemon Zest
- Amchur (Dried Mango Powder)
- Fresh dried garlic or ginger
- Umami powder
- Low sodium salt
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More exercise means more salt out of your body. Essentially, exercising will help regulate the salt content in your body so you can keep enjoying salt in your food.
Fun fact: In hot climates, people are prescribed additional sodium as they tend to lose sodium from their bodies and face fatigue and even death!
Hope this article helps you moderate your overall sodium consumption without giving up on that salty taste. If you are looking for substitutes for sugar, please read this post: 3 Fatty Liver Sugar Substitutes