So, you’ve probably heard by now that there are different types of salt out there and if you haven’t you’ve been missing out! Unfortunately, salt is consumed in quantities in excess of what we need on a day-to-day basis but it has been found to be good sources of other trace minerals* that our bodies need on a daily basis to be healthy.
U.S. dietary guidelines for salt intake are 2,300mg of sodium (sodium chloride) per day, however, according to Center for Disease Control a person’s consumption is double this number due to an increase in consumption of processed foods. Now, many people get confused and think all salts are the same but this is far from the truth. Most table salts are pure Sodium Chloride and it is this form of salt, which has been proven time and time again to increase Hypertension and wreak havoc in our systems. High levels of sodium chloride have also been shown to cause a deficiency in other minerals with in the body. (Maxwell, 2015) Not to mention the fact that stabilizers and anticaking agents such as sodium ferrocyanide have to be added to table salt (sodium chloride) to keep it looking fresh. But your in luck because if your buying natural solar dried sea salt it contains lower overall sodium chloride levels (Drake, 2010) and it contains the balance of naturally occurring trace minerals. If nature put them in there it’s probably for a good reason.**
And this isn’t the only benefit, using an unprocessed sea salt actually provides a higher quality salty taste to your foods. So next time you need salt seek out the best and grab a Solar dried Sea salt.
*Minerals in Sea Salt: magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, and strontium
**Pacific Sea Salt from New Zealand is one few salt suppliers that still uses the natural process of drying salt for 13 months by sun and wind to retain all the natural trace elements which is only possible when you have clean oceans.
– Maxwell, Ian, A very large grain of salt, Chemistry in Australia, December 2014-January 2015. http://www.academia.edu/9527793/A_very_large_grain_of_salt,
-DRAKE, S.L.,DRAKE, M.A., COMPARISON OF SALTY TASTE AND TIME INTENSITY OF SEA AND LAND SALTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, Journal of Sensory Studies, 26 (1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-459X.2010.00317.x