Salt has received some bad rap the last few decades, and frankly, I’m not sure why. Salt has been a powerful part of human history since the beginning of time. It was worshiped as divine, used in healing spells, and part of ceremonies. In fact, salt was so valuable that it was used as currency in ancient times.
Many people do not even realize that salt is required to live. Effects of sodium deficiency include:
- Memory Loss
As you can see, skimping on the salt can be considered ill-advised. Even animals understand the need for salt. Many species travel miles away from their food source just to find a salt lick which is an important source of minerals for wildlife.
Let me make it clear, however, that we’re discussing natural salts such as sea salt and Himalayan salt. This does not apply to chemically refined salt like white table salt.
Is Sea Salt Bad For You?
The slander of salt can be traced back to some earlier studies such as this one. Those on the diet consumed very low amounts sodium and sugar and instead focused on whole grains, fruits, veggies, and lean animal products. As such it was also devoid of processed foods.
The study consisted of 459 adults and lasted 11 weeks.
The study showed the diet as being highly beneficial to those with hypertension with many individuals experiencing a drop in blood pressure.
The researchers, excited with the findings, then made the broad conclusion that salt causes hypertension and thus sodium intake should be reduced.
There are quite a few problems with this conclusion. First, and most important, how can such a powerful conclusion be made using only a few hundred people in such a short study? We are changing the way we have eaten for tens of thousands of years, based off of an 11-week study? That is alarming to say the least.
In actuality, the blood pressure drop may be attributed to the lack of processed foods and sugars in the diet.
There are actually no clear links to high blood pressure from salt in any study. Researchers have repeatedly failed to provide solid proof of this. Yet health agencies and regulators jumped aboard the salt hating train and it all went downhill from there.
If we look at the country of Japan, salt consumption is actually one of the highest in the world. In case you’re not aware, the Japanese are some of the healthiest and longest-living people in the world.
Sea Salt and Table Salt
The white table salt is actually about 96% sodium chloride and the rest is synthetic chemicals to stabilize it. On the other hand, natural salts like sea salt and Himalayan salt are about 84% sodium chloride with the remaining percent being beneficial minerals that your body needs.
In addition, sea salt is not that much more expensive than table salt, and it tastes much better.
So is Real Sea Salt Healthier?
Honestly, it’s pretty hard to argue with the fact that real unrefined sea salt is healthier than something like table salt that is created in a factory. I can’t say that I know anyone who prefers the taste of synthetic table salt over sea salt.
If we have to go by the studies, I would consider looking at one of the longest studies done in history: time itself. We’ve been consuming salt for thousands of years and people were much healthier in the past than they are today.
Why stop now?
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