Friday, August 31, 2012

Salt: Good or Bad?

As with many of our food products today, salt also lies on a spectrum, refined versus whole, which will help deteremine its place in your life. The more refined (changed from its natural state when found in nature) a product is the more it lacks nutrients. Are you able to go out in nature and find it looking the same as you do when buying from the grocery store? If the answer is no it has been processed to some degree.

Salt is necessary for almost every body system to work, such as your nervous system, and to maintain the balance of sodium through out your body required for proper cellular function.  The amount an individual needs varies greatly. Salt is not “bad” or “good” but there are certainly better salts out there, ones that are full of all the minerals and trace elements your body requires.

Refined salt is mostly chemical sodium chloride, which is that pure white salt most of us know as “table salt”. This has been heated and most of the natural elements that our body needs have been removed.  All salt comes from the sea, so beware of labels reading simply “sea salt”. 

The key is to look at the color. Look for either Celtic sea salt, where you will notice a brown sandy color, or Himalayan salt which has a pinkish tinge to it. These are the best two options and where you will find a full spectrum of those minerals necessary for your body.

Foods such as eggs, seafood, all meats, kelp and other seaweeds, beets, turnips, and greens such as chard, spinach and parsley contain sodium, one of the major elements in salt.

Luckily more and more attention has been brought to whole salt versus refined salt so it is readily available at most grocery stores.  Look for pink or slightly brown and ditch the white stuff. Your body will thank you!

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