All About Salt and Effects on Your Health
Without it our dining tables would be empty.
Where is Salt From?
In its true form, salt is actually a rainbow-colored rock. Regular table salt comes from evaporated sea water comprised of two elements: sodium and chlorine. It plays a key part in our diet and allowing 1500 mg of sodium per day, that about 0.75 teaspoons is healthy, but due to large quantities of salt hidden in processed foods, most of us consume much more than this. However, there are alternatives to regular salt which can improve flavor of food and are less harmful to our health.
Kosher salt is mainly used to preserve meat and is dissolved easily and quickly. It has sodium chloride, just like the table salt, but it doesn’t include any added iodine. It’s great with pretty much anything, but best with meat, according to Jewish traditions.
Originating in Pakistan, Himalayan Salt contains sodium, polyhalite, flouride, iodine among other minerals and has a pinkish color. It’s thought to have better health benefits than table salt because of its added minerals. This salt is good with fish.
How Much Salt is Healthy?
Salt is found in 75% of foods, including processed foods, cereals, and bread. High salt intake can case hearth disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, and strokes. High blood pressure can come without any symptoms, and if you are aged 40-84 it’s advised to get your blood pressure checked.
How can Salt be Avoided?
Simple steps can be taken to avoid high salt intake. Salt alternatives are one option, but avoiding excess salt altogether is better. Taste the food you’re cooking before adding extra salt. Check nutritional information on foods packaging, and aim to eat less than one teaspoon of salt per day; that’s under 1500 mg.