Common Sense and Salt

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For years we have had it pounded into our heads that salt is bad.

But then what about the fact that sodium is an electrolyte? It is an essential mineral that your body needs.

And did you ever wonder how something that people ingested since the beginning of time is now suddenly bad?

Brine being boiled down to produce salt at the...

Brine being boiled down to produce salt at the Xinhai Well in Zigong, China. I took this photo in 2006 (Art Yang) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like most things, it comes down to processing. Table salt is highly processed, and chemicals are added.

Less processed salts like sea salts are a better option. They contain more natural minerals and no chemical additives.

Now take into account how much sodium people are getting from all the packaged and fast foods they eat.

Ahhh, here is the problem.

Electrolytes need to be in balance. You need sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Most people get too much sodium and calcium, and not enough potassium and magnesium.

But in an odd twist, it turns out that people who are eating healthier and preparing their own foods may not be getting enough sodium. This is one way a healthy person can have high blood pressure.

I just tried Himalayan Pink Sea Salt. I read an article that said that the pink sea salt has even more minerals and health benefits than regular sea salt I’ll tell you what – it tastes really good!

Processed foods rely on sodium, sugar, and chemicals to make them taste good.

Take a bowl of Campbell’s Tomato Soup for example. Number one, a bowl would be 2 servings since the label says a serving is 1/2 a cup

So a bowl would contain 960 mg. of sodium. For visual purposes, that would be like 1/2 a teaspoon of salt in one bowl.

Now add 12 grams of sugar! That’s almost a teaspoon of sugar in your bowl of tomato soup.

There is 1400 mg of potassium from the tomatoes – that is good!

Now I’m not picking on Campbell’s. It happened to be a processed food I had in the house.

I’m going to sound like a broken record here, but you need to eat a balanced diet of fresh real foods. Most everything real is OK in moderation.

Salt crystals – Walter J. Pilsak Copyright Status: GNU Freie Dokumentationslizenz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




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