Why Salt Is Healthy & Necessary?
Processed food is almost never a healthy choice. That includes processed salt.
Discover the dramatic differences in simple salt selection.
You have more control over your health and life than you think by making marginal changes and uncovering propaganda that parades as healthy information.
“Our salt pours great!” is not a good basis for salt selection.
By Dr. Mercola
The vilification of salt is similar to that of fat. Just as there are healthy fats that are necessary for optimal health and unhealthy fats that cause health problems, there are healthy and unhealthy types of salt. The devil’s in the details, as they say, and this is definitely true when it comes to salt and fat.
Salt provides two elements – sodium and chloride – both of which are essential for life. Your body cannot make these elements on its own, so you must get them from your diet. However, not all salts are created equal.
- Natural unprocessed salt, such as sea salt and Himalayan salt, contains about 84 percent sodium chloride (just under 37 percent of which is pure sodium1,2). The remaining 16 percent are naturally-occurring trace minerals, including silicon, phosphorus, and vanadium
- Processed (table) salt contains 97.5 percent sodium chloride (just over 39 percent of which is sodium3,4). The rest is man-made chemicals, such as moisture absorbents and flow agents, such as ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate.
Besides the basic differences in nutritional content, the processing—which involves drying the salt above 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit—also radically and detrimentally alters the chemical structure of the salt
Appropriate vs. Inappropriate Salt Restriction
In the United States and many other developed countries, salt has been vilified as a primary cause of high blood pressure and heart disease. According to research presented at last year’s American Heart Association meeting,5 excessive salt consumption contributed to 2.3 million heart-related deaths worldwide in 2010.
However, it’s important to realize that most Americans and other Westerners get the majority of their sodium from commercially available table salt and processed foods—not from natural unprocessed salt…
Too Little Salt Raises Heart Risks Too, Researchers Find
One four-year long observational study (the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study), which included more than 100,000 people in 17 countries, found that while higher sodium levels correlate with an increased risk for high blood pressure, potassium helps offset sodium’s adverse effects…
Meta-Analysis Supports Lower Sodium Recommendations
Another study,17 published in the same journal, assessed how sodium contributes to heart-related deaths by evaluating 107 randomized trials across 66 countries. The researchers first calculated the impact of sodium on high blood pressure, and then calculated the relationship between high blood pressure and cardiovascular deaths.
According to the authors…
A long list of studies has in fact failed to prove that there are any benefits to a low-salt diet, and in fact many tend to show the opposite…
You Need Salt, But Make Sure It’s the Right Kind
From my perspective, the answer is clear: avoid processed salt and use natural salt in moderation. I believe it is hard for a healthy person to overdo it if using a natural salt, as salt is actually a nutritional goldmine—again provided you mind your sodium-potassium ratio…
Some of the many biological processes for which natural salt is crucial include…
The Importance of Maintaining Optimal Sodium-Potassium Ratio
I agree with the PURE study’s authors when they say that a better strategy to promote public health would be to forgo the strict sodium reduction element, and focus recommendations instead on a high-quality diet rich in potassium, as this nutrient helps offset the hypertensive effects of sodium.
Imbalance in this ratio can not only lead to hypertension (high blood pressure) but also contribute to a number of other diseases, including…
How to Optimize Your Sodium-to-Potassium Ratio
How Much Salt Does Your Body Need?
Normally, the homeostasis of your body fluids is corrected primarily by your kidneys, and proper renal handling of sodium is necessary for normal cardiovascular function. Given that your survival and normal physical development are dependent on adequate sodium intake and retention, the question is – how much salt do you really need?…
Dr. Mercola is an excellent resource for information that exposes health mythology… of some might think propaganda and promotion of poor products.
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