Should we really avoid salt at all costs?
In ancient times, salt was a highly prized product. It was even used as currency the word ‘salary’ is derived from it, as is the word ‘salad’. There is so much conflicting research out there about salt. On the one hand, you’ve probably heard that salt is ‘bad’ that it can contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease. On the other hand, you may have heard that salt is absolutely necessary for keeping our bodies functioning properly.
So which is true? And should we really avoid salt at all costs?
Salt, in its natural, unrefined form, can actually be a fantastic health product. It contains over eighty elements and minerals that are essential to life, including iodine, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. However, salt in its refined, processed form the white stuff commonly known as table salt is not so great.
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Table salt: what it really is Table salt is the stuff we find on most supermarket shelves and in most processed foods. It is nothing more than sodium chloride a chemically manufactured form of salt. The manufacturing process strips out all the precious minerals that salt contains in its natural state. These minerals are usually sold separately for use in other industries, such as agriculture or the pharmaceutical industry. That’s one of the reasons unrefined salt is such a highly prized product
After processing, other chemicals such as anti-caking agents may be added to table salt to keep it from clumping together and extend its shelf life. The product we’re eventually left with has zero health beneiits.
Table salt is not easy on the body and does so much more harm than good. It can disturb the fine balance of many body processes and of our body fiuids, and it can contribute to health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney problems, osteoporosis and impaired muscle and nerve function. Moreover, it is highly addictive.