The Truth About Salt : To Cook Or No To Cook With It

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So I know you remember like I remember the big scared about salt in the early 2000s. Well maybe you don’t but I remember. My mother being hip to the movement. In the hopes of keeping her family healthy, she decided to cook with less salt. It was well intention from her part but in the end we all ended up adding more salt to our dishes. Today we still have people perpetuating the belief that less salt will reduce cardio vascular diseases, I always roll my eyes to these statements because its not the salt that is causing cardiovascular diseases it’s the bad habits. The heavy consumption of process foods and cholesterol are the number one culprit for cardio vascular diseases.

But why salt? : what people are sayin

Water in our body follows sodium, and sodium is a component of salt. So picture this:
You have the heart pumping the blood throughout our whole body to nourish the rest of our organs. The heart pump the blood through tiny blood vessels. However if you have a lot of water in the blood vessels you increase the pressure of the pump, makes sense? because water follow sodium an increase in blood sodium will could lead hypertension.

Chronic hypertension can cause your blood vessels to work harder, and to thicken. The thickening of your blood vessels not only suppress the flow of blood from properly reaching the rest of your body ( which can cause strokes) but it also contribute to cardio vascular diseases ( heart attacks).

The Truth About Salt

But the truth is, the studies on salt consumption are controversial. The guidelines themselves that were set for salt consumptions weren’t well researched. The real problem isn’t the amount of salt consumed ( although too mush of anything isn't recommended) but the type of salt being consume. Here is a quickly list of the salt that are out there and why some are better for you than others:

Type of Salt:

  1. Table salt: Most common salt, the most refine and processed of the salt. (removed from all of it’s minerals). -Avoid in cooking at all cost.

  2. Kosher salt: A little less process than table salt (however still processed), unfortunately although the name may fool you most kosher salts are not actually certified kosher.- cook with is only if you have to.

  3. Celtic salt: Harvested from the coast of France, this salt is mineral rich and a great add on to meat or fish. -Best for meat eaters

  4. Sea salt: Is taken from evaporated sea water, it is less process than the salt above, thus has kept all of its minerals. - great for all purpose cooking.

  5. Himalayan pink salt: This is the purest form of salt in the world, it is extremely rich in minerals, it contains over 84 natural minerals and element found in the body. Moreover, the composition of it’s mineral is equivalent to the compositions of minerals found in our bodies -Best SALT !

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