Taking Salt for Granted

Taking Salt for GrantedMany researchers have claimed that salt contributes to high blood pressure causing healthy people to needlessly cut out salt from their diet.

By: Natasha Morgan

Most commercially prepared food products contain enough salt to provide sufficient flavor but many of us liberally sprinkle salt on food without tasting it first. Our pallets have become accustomed to “salty” food and without a heavy dose of salt we find food to be too bland. Unfortunately, too few people know that there is a difference in salts.

All salts come from a sea, but not all salts come from the oceans we know today. The oceans that once covered the earth left a generous supply of salt beds and underground deposits which provide pure salt unpolluted by modern mankind.

In its natural form, salt is not sparkly white or free flowing. Table salt and many sea salts that are familiar to us have been bleached, refined, and mixed with anti-caking agents and iodine. Many also contain sugar, in the form of dextrose. Sugar in salt … sounds like a contradiction in terms!

The ordinary table salt that most of us eat is too refined and lacks the natural occurring trace minerals we need such as:

    • Calcium
    • Potassium
    • Sulphur
    • Magnesium
    • Iron
    • Phosphorus
    • Manganese
    • Copper
    • Iodine
    • Zinc


Benefits of eating “good salt”:

Over the years, many researchers have claimed that salt contributes to high blood pressure causing healthy people to needlessly cut out salt from their diet. However, more recently, other researchers have begun to change salt’s reputation knowing that salt is essential to our well being.

Salt in our diet:

    • Helps maintain the normal volume of blood in the body
    • Helps to keep the correct balance of water in and around the cells and tissues
    • Is necessary for the formation and proper function of nerve fibers, which carry impulses to and from the brain
    • Plays an important part in the digestion of food
    • Is essential in making the heart beat correctly

The sodium found in salt is an essential nutrient that:

    • Together with calcium, magnesium and potassium, helps regulate the body’s metabolism
    • In combination with potassium, regulates the acid-alkaline balance in our blood
    • Is necessary for proper muscle function

When we don’t get enough sodium chloride, we experience muscle cramps, dizziness, exhaustion and, in extreme cases, convulsions and death.

Since we now know that salt is necessary to maintain healthy bodies and all salts are not the same, we should be on the lookout for “good” salt. Take the time to read the ingredients label on salt products and look for salt that has a crystalline appearance and flecks of color that come from natural trace minerals, including iodine.

Salt that is unrefined and natural — free from any additives or chemicals is not only good for you but acts as seasoning pulling flavors together and accenting them.


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