Diabetic Substitutes

I am diabetic and also supposed to be watching my salt intake. In recipes that call for sugar and salt, what can I substitute? I've tried sugar substitutes for cooked pudding but without much luck. Can you help? —A.C., Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

You’re not alone in looking for recipes with less salt. Many salt substitutes on the market today contain potassium in place of sodium. Excess potassium consumption can be harmful, especially for people with kidney problems. Consult with your doctor to see if a commercial salt substitute is appropriate for you. Some recipes use a minimal amount of sugar. In general, our Test Kitchen prefers to use the real thing, only in lesser amounts, for best results. However, on occasion, we elect to use sugar-free products to make a recipe even more suitable for diabetics.