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Respect Yourself: Be The Best You Can Be? with Caroline Phipps

Posted May 16 2008 10:04am
Should I Eat Salt?

Are you confused about salt? You are not alone! It appears to be another one of those food subjects that has created a great deal of confusion.

There is nothing fundamentally bad about salt per se. If you look at the way ancient civilizations went about the business of nourishing themselves, they always included salt in their diets. This is because good quality salt can contain up to 92 minerals and trace elements and can be considered an effective dietary supplement.

Salt contains sodium and chloride. Sodium behaves as an electrolyte and assists in the healthy working of the body’s cell function and chloride helps the absorption of potassium and assists in the regulation of the body’s fluids.

There is consensus among the medical profession, however, that too much sodium leads to high blood pressure and pre-hypertension, both of which increase the risk of heart attack or stroke considerably. The typical American diet consists of nearly 4,000 mg of salt per day while the amount recommended by the W.H.O. is 2,400mg and 1,500mg for those at risk. To put these figures into context, one teaspoon of salt contains 2,300mg of sodium.

Fast food, restaurant food and highly processed food all tend to contain large quantities of salt. One of the biggest problems here is that most salt used in such food and in the majority of salt sold, is of the highly refined and processed variety. Your average white, easy pouring salt has been stripped of all its goodness. All of this madness is to make salt cheaper and prettier to look at than its more natural relation!

What can we do?

1. Reduce your intake of fast food, restaurant food and highly processed food.

2. Throw away your bright white/easy to pour salt.

3. Use a high quality sea salt and check the label for nutritional content.

4. Make sure it is free of artificial color, additives, bleaching or chemicals.

5. Check out the color – pink, gray, red, brown. Anything but white!

6. Use in moderation. It will better satisfy your craving for salt and provide you with nutrients you need to be happy and healthy. What could be better than that?

Please contact me for more information on how to moderate your salt intake.
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