Have you heard that salt is bad for you and reduced your intake? It’s true that we should stay away from plain, old refined table salt but not all salt is bad.
Refined salt is the main reason that salt has such a bad reputation. Refined table salt often contains dangerous anti-caking agents, some of which have been linked to heavy metal toxicity and kidney problems. A preservative that’s common in refined salts is sodium acetate which may cause elevated blood pressure and kidney disturbances. This terrible salt is what is found in most processed foods as well as the food you get in restaurants when you eat out.
Our bodies actually need salt, but we are told it is bad for you because much of the research is based on refined table salt. It’s now becoming more well-known that salt itself is not the problem, it’s the kind of salt that’s causing health problems.
So what kind of salt is good for us?
High-quality, natural sea salt is the best salt and is actually good for you to eat a little daily. It provides many vital minerals and other nutrients that the body can use. It helps to balance your blood sugar, keep your bones strong, regulates your metabolism, boosts your immune system etc.
When shopping for sea salt, be aware that some brands of sea salt are better quality than others so check the label to make sure it is ‘unrefined’. The high-quality ones usually taste much better too. I avoid himalayan rock salt because it is too high in aluminium. A good brand is Real Salt by Redmond and Celtic sea salts are good too.