In society, it seems to me, we’ve been taught to believe whatever these government funded doctors and scientists tell us to be true about what all is considered a healthy diet. Remember, these are the same people that told us margarine was a better substitute to butter. While butter not produced from grass-fed cows are typically not as healthy, margarine is definitely not a healthier substitute to butter. Margarine is made up of hydrogenated vegetable oils which equals trans-fatty acids. If you read my post about canola oil, you know the first thing in having a healthy diet is eliminating nasty hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Any way, the topic for this particular blog is not about hydrogenated oils. It’s about salt. What I was trying to get at, as an introduction, is don’t automatically believe what the media has to say about what is healthy for you! Do your research, ask questions, read about studies from independent, legit, non-profit organizations. These are the people that truly care about what is beneficial to you and the environment. This stuff easily makes me go on a tangent and I have to refocus and redirect myself. 🙂
One of the biggest things wrong with politically correct nutrition is salt consumption. Salt is crucial to digestion and assimilation. To assimilate is to convert (food) to substances suitable for incorporation into the body and its tissues. I think both you and I could agree that is a very important process. Salt is also necessary to the development and function of the nervous system.
People can argue that sea salt and table salt come from the same place therefore buying sea salt is a total waste of money. This is true, because manufacturers can label their salt, “sea salt” but they are produced by the same industrial methods. Let’s take a look at how table salt is made.
Table salt (this is the salt used in processed food, foods in restaurants and fast food chains):
- part of a high-temperature process- this removes all of the valuable magnesium salts as well as trace minerals naturally occurring in the sea
- dried either by high-temperature heat (can ruin the minerals if they are left on the crystal) or a chemical drying agent
- processed with anti-caking agents- aluminum can be found in some of them
- natural iodine salts are removed during the processing so potassium iodide is added in amounts that can be toxic
- to stabilize the potassium iodide dextrose is added which turns the salt a purplish color
- to restore whiteness of salt, a chemical bleaching agent is added
- table salt is 99.9% sodium chloride
Ok, we can obviously see table salt is no good because of the way it was processed and we understand that so-called sea salt is typically produced the same way. So then what type of salt is good for you? Unrefined sea salt.
The definition of unrefined is “not refined or processed.” This already is a good sign about where it stands in terms of how healthy is it for you. I think we can agree anything that is not refined or processed is a whole hell of a lot better for you. It’s what nature has intended. Unrefined sea salts come in a variety of different colors depending on the mineral make up of the water of where it was harvested. It also comes in different sizes of grain- anywhere from fine coarsed to big crystals. Unrefined sea salt is also very flavorful. In the book Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon writes, sea salt contains about 82 percent sodium chloride; it contains about 14 percent macro-minerals, particularly magnesium, and nearly 80 trace minerals.
Unrefined sea salt is great for you! Here are 10 reasons why unrefined sea salt is better than table salt:
- Salt helps stabilize and regulate heartbeats, thanks to its magnesium and sodium content
- Sodium is essential for proper muscular function.
- Salt helps minimize the effects of stress by maintaining proper melatonin, serotonin, and tryptamine levels in the brain.
- Salt helps the body hold water sufficiently for proper cell hydration.
- Salt helps remove cellular acidity, especially in the brain and kidneys. Thus it is an alkalizer.
- Sea salt boosts your immune system.
- Since salt is taken into bone matter as part of strengthening bones, it helps prevent osteoporosis.
- Sea salt provides a buffer for blood sugar levels to help prevent diabetes or to help those who are diabetic use less insulin.
- Sea salt provides iodine in a natural setting, making it easier for your thyroid to absorb it and to regulate the endocrine system.
- It tastes better.