Is Salt Bad for You?
The age-old question about is salt bad for you and how much should you have is still being debated. The latest findings seem to indicate that a certain amount of salt is necessary. The latest hype is about what type of salt is the best. I have tried to answer this question. However, you need to make your own choices. Your choice of what type of salt to use maybe a personal thing, or it may be based on cultural or religious practices.
The amount of salt required in a day according to health Canada is 2300mg. The Canadian Heart Association also recommends this amount unless you have high blood pressure. That is about 1/2 tsp. This amount is higher than the American Heart Association recommends. We consume more than this if we eat processed foods. Be sure to read labels.
Try to limit your salt intake. Eliminate processed food and fast foods from your diet. Remove the salt shaker from the table so you can't add extra salt to your food. Use spices in place of salt.
There are twelve types of Salt available. The one used in prepackaged foods and frozen food is your common Table Salt. This salt usually contains Iodine which is needed for your Thyroid function.
The four types of salt I am going to talk about are
- Table salt,
- Sea salt,
The problem with table salt is that it contains an additive which keeps it from clumping.
Table Salt is good because it contains iodine which is important if you have thyroid problems. At least that was the belief when iodized salt was first developed. The amount of 0.075mcg per 1 gm., of salt, is measured at the factory. When in the container, approximately 50% has vaporized. An additional 50% vaporizes every 20-40 days. Chloride competes with iodine making it less effective. At best you only absorb 10% of the iodine that is left. Nobody knows how much iodine you get. According to the report Iodine Nutrition: Iodine content of US Salt by Dasgupta et al. discusses the “Iodine Gap”.
there are three types of sea salt – regular sea salt, Celtic sea salt and Himalayan Sea Salt. These salts have many benefits. They help keep you hydrated due to the high water content. The can help prevent fluid retention. They have many mineral and nutrients that our nervous system. Instead of buying sugar filled electrolyte drinks, add some sea salt to lemon juice.
It is a natural salt from the Himalayan Mountains. The claim is that it has up to 84 trace minerals which our body needs. However according to medicine today, it contains 98% Chloride, the same as Table salt. Therefore the 84 trace minerals are found in only 2% of the rock salt. This means that our system is receiving a very small amount of these minerals. Unlikely enough to do our systems much good.
Kosher Salt can be, but is not necessarily, blessed by a Rabbi. It gets its name because the large crystals are good for drawing out moisture from meat in the koshering process. Kosher Salt was used in drying out food for preserving it. The larger the crystals the less salt you consume in your cooking.
The following link will give you information about iodine. https://www.healthy-eating-support.org/
The following link will give you more information on nutrition and how to read labels, https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada