Everyone knows that salt is bad for you, right? That’s what we’ve been told for many years. We’ve heard it promotes heart disease and that sea salt is the best salt for you. Is this really true?
There is salt that’s good for you. It has lots of minerals, 70-80 in fact, unlike regular table salt or even some sea salt that has only a few.
- Too little salt may actually cause heart disease – In one European study, subjects were followed for 8 years. They discovered that a low salt diet was causing more heart disease in these subjects.
- It’s not associated with high blood pressure – It’s when you don’t have enough minerals that you can get high blood pressure.
- We need salt! Sodium keeps fluid in the body balanced. Without it, our heart cannot function properly. Chloride keeps our acid-base balance.
You don’t want to use refined salt. You’ll also want to use salt in moderation and use the right type of salt. Most are bad for you, like table salt, some sea salt, and even some kosher salt.
Anti-caking agents can be put in salt to increase the shelf life. Sea salt may also be refined, so it is a marketing gimmick.
You need salt that is good for you. Some examples are:
- Himalayan Salt
- Celtic Salt
You want a salt that has lots of minerals to keep your body in balance. Avoid processed food, fast food, and most restaurant food overall to avoid the “bad” salt.