Saturday, September 19, 2020

 Salt - Is It Good For You, Do We Need It?

When you were growing up were you told to avoid over salting your food?

Also known as sodium chloride, salt is a crystalline mineral made of 60% sodium and 40% chloride. It gets a bad rap sometimes—and there are risks to consuming too much salt—but research indicates that not eating enough salt is also a risk in itself.

Salt intake helps the brain and nerves perform essential functions such as sending electrical impulses and maintaining fluid balance and muscle function. Plus, most dietary salts are harvested from mineral-rich sources including salt mines and by evaporating seawater. And, in addition to flavouring your meal, salt serves as a preservative by preventing bacterial growth.


There is a vast difference in the quality of salts on the market today. A quick glance at the ingredients label on most salts might surprise you! Many salts contain anti-caking agents and even dextrose (sugar). Others have been heat processed and stripped of their natural trace minerals.

 

Regular Table Salt: Table salt is extracted from natural deposits and heated to 1,200° F. Since it’s a crushed product, the majority of its impurities and trace minerals are removed during processing. One thing to note is that regular table salt often includes additives called “anticaking agents” to keep clumps from forming, so it’s not as “natural” as it may seem. 

 

Himalayan Salt is rock salt (halite) mined from the Punjab region of Pakistan. The salt often has a pinkish tint due to mineral impurities. It is primarily used as a food additive as table salt however it is also used as a material for cooking and food presentation.

 

Redmonds Real Salt sea salt on the other hand, is unrefined and full of natural minerals and flavour – the way salt was meant to be savoured.

So salt is good for you, we all need it and should use it everyday just be mindful of which you buy

Stay Healthy





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 Salt - Is It Good For You, Do We Need It? When you were growing up were you told to avoid over salting your food? Also known as sodium ...