The Big Salt Debate
From my book:
Healthy Food that Tastes Great! ……….
And everything you Really need to know about the Healthy way to feed your family
It’s just a working title, I will probably change it before I have it published but for now it works. It says what I want to get across to readers.
As for Salt;
There is only one salt that we use in our home and its called Real Salt by a company called Redmond. As its name implies Redmond RealSalt® is-well, real salt. “Real salt, as opposed to what you might ask?”
Very simply, RealSalt® as opposed to the so-called “salt” most people unsuspectingly use. It may surprise many people, but in its natural form, salt is not sparkling white or free flowing. Actually, the “table salt” and many sea salts most people are familiar with have been bleached, refined, and mixed with anti-caking agents and iodine. Many so-called “table salts” also contain sugar, in the form of dextrose-meant to cover or disguise an otherwise harsh and bitter flavor. In fact, a quick glance at the ingredients label on most “table salt” products might surprise you! In addition to sodium chloride, you’ll probably find calcium silicate or sodium silicoaluminate, dextrose, and potassium iodide.
By contrast, Redmond RealSalt® is real salt-unrefined and natural, free from any additives or chemicals of any kind. Real Salt has colored specks in it that may cause some to ask what these specks are. So, I went to their website and this is what I found.
Real Salt’s unique “pinkish” appearance and flecks of color come from more than 50 natural trace minerals, including iodine. By contrast, other so-called “table salts” are white because of bleaching and refining. RealSalt® comes from an ancient salt deposit near the small town of Redmond, Utah, more than 150 miles south of the Great Salt Lake.
Today there are actually other forms of good salt available in health food stores and some gourmet stores. Examples are Himalayan Pink Salt, Grey Salt, Black Salt and others, Eden has a true sea salt. Just read the label and make sure the additives that I mentioned above are not present.
What are the Health Benefits of Salt?
“Sodium is crucial for maintaining the health of every cell in the human system. It permeates the fluid between cells (often called the ‘extracellular fluid’) and potassium exists mainly on the inside of the cells (in the ‘intracellular fluid’)…If either of these minerals is deficient or in excess, cell permeability becomes compromised and the health of all the cells suffers.
Besides being a component of extracellular fluid that bathes every living cell, sodium is important in two other ‘salty oceans’ in the body-our blood and our lymphatic fluid. It is also necessary for the production of hydrochloric acid, the digestive enzyme secreted by the stomach in order to digest protein. Along with potassium, sodium is required for the proper functioning of our nerves and the contraction of our muscles…
With the many crucial roles sodium plays, it’s clear that if we had no sodium, we would cease to exist.
Ann Louise Gittleman author of Total Health in volume 2 notes that “Reducing sodium too much can be just as harmful as consuming large amounts of it. Too little can cause spasms, poor heart rhythms, sudden death and even increase the risk of heart attack in hypertensive patients.” I was told several years ago when RealSalt® came on the market by a friend and health practitioner that I should change my whole family over to this salt as its actually beneficial to our health and as my husband was prone to high blood pressure I decided to give it a try. He and everyone in our family use this salt and he his blood pressure stays under control. So make sure to get your salt just be sure to choose the right one.