Is there no spice in your life because your doctor told you not to eat salt? Mainstream doctors tell their patients, especially heart patients, to drastically cut down or even eliminate salt from their diets or it will kill them. But is this true?
Following the doctors’ orders, whether out of altruism or profit, many food manufacturers will sell low-salt food but in order to make them taste better, they add MSG. The problem is this additive is much worse than salt.
In The New York Times Review on Jun 2, 2012, Robert Wood, author of “Why We Get Fat”, says that, although sources such as Prevention and the Department of Agriculture claim that cutting down on salt is more important than quitting cigarettes, there is no real evidence that cutting salt will reduce the chances of heart disease and/or early death.
In fact, other sources say cutting down on salt can actually cause harm and possibly early death. A report from the Center for Disease Control says reducing salt to below one tablespoon is dangerous. However, it also goes into separating out the difference between table and natural mineral salt. More on that in a bit.
In RedOrbit.com, it says, “Consuming salt has been shown to reduce blood pressure but does not reduce the risk of dying from heart disease.”
There are claims that certain populations eat far less salt and they have no great amount of hypertension. However, it is also pointed out they also eat very little sugar.
In the DASH Sodium Study, it says that reducing salt will lower blood pressure but, again, it does not establish that it will save one from hypertension or early death. In fact, hypertension is caused more by fructose.
In contrast, the Japanese have one of the highest rates of salt in their food and one of the longest life expectancies. It appears that salt does not kill them.
In Natural News, it says that the real culprit is table salt, commercial sodium chloride from the supermarket. In other words, it is not so much the amount of salt ingested, it is the type. Ordinary table salt can cause cardiovascular disease and other ailments.
Mainstream salt is made up of 97% sodium chloride which has nothing to do with real salt. The effects, especially too much of it, are to create an acidic body, edema, too much water in the system, cellulite and other effects.
Table salt is also re-crystallized and goes through an anti-caking process so it will flow freely. This causes further harm to the body due to the chemicals used to get these processes done.
Dr. Mercola, in addition to agreeing with the above, also says in some studies it was shown that reducing salt by 20% actually increased blood pressure.
The amount of salt needed a day is six grams, yet we are encouraged to eat far less out of the assumption it causes all kinds of illness.
But we cannot live without salt; it is vital for brain function, thinking, metabolism, digestion, adrenals, etc. In fact, the word “salary” comes from salt, that’s how valuable it was in Roman times as a medium of exchange.
One better solution is unrefined sea salt. However, the seas are so contaminated now with mercury and oil spills, it’s not the best choice, although it used to be. Still, it’s not as bad as supermarket table salt.
By far, the best salt, according to many nutritionists and holistic doctors, is Himalayan salt. What they say is it’s not just better, it’s the only salt to use and should be eaten in order to be more healthy.
This salt is up to 250 million years old and not contaminated with any toxins or anything unnatural like chemicals or pollutants.
This completely natural salt is made up of 84% vital minerals rather than unhealthy sodium chloride. So it is necessary to your diet and your health, not something to be shunned.
Another great benefit to this natural condiment is it seriously enhances the flavor of food so there’s no need to compromise and eat tasteless fare.
One important element Himalayan salt does not have is iodine, so one would have to supply that from another source – such as certain foods and supplements, most of which we should normally eat anyway.
Most food is made up partly of salt, it’s as natural and right as rain. But so is added salt that comes from a totally natural source, like Himalayan.
Salt of the Earth; it won’t kill you.
Written by Lucille Femine