In a Consumer Reports taste test of salt substitutes and salt blends, the researchers clearly favored Diamond Crystal Salt Sense. Diamond Crystal Salt Sense has one-third less salt than pure salt.
Diamond Crystal Salt Sense tastes most like real salt because it doesn't contain potassium chloride, a common salt substitute that tends to have a bitter taste.The researchers also tested three salt substitutes with potassium chloride: Morton Lite Salt Mixture, Nu Salt and No Salt Original. The taste testers could taste the bitterness of the potassium chloride, which can present health issues for people with kidney problems or on certain medications.
Herb blends, such as Mrs. Dash, can also be good salt substitutes. These products contain neither salt nor potassium chloride, but rather add flavor with different herbs and seasonings.