Nutrition: What is the best salt for your health?

Viviane Freitas

  • 14
  • Jan
  • 2015

Nutrition : What is the best salt for your health?

  • 14
  • Jan
  • 2015

One of the health problems that are linked to a high mortality rate is cardiovascular disease.

And hypertension has increased more and more. That is why we need to be aware of a better standard of nutrition, physical exercise, water consumption, and lower consumption of sodium and processed products (high in sodium).
Contrary to popular belief sodium is an important mineral for our health, as it plays a part in the transmission of nerve impulses, muscle contraction, hydration balance, transportation of molecules between cells. However, what happens is that excess sodium is extremely harmful to our health and research shows that the average sodium intake of most people is twice the recommended. This excess strains the cardiovascular and renal system, and increases water retention.
The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends a maximum intake of 2 g of sodium per day, which is equivalent to 5 g of common salt table.
My tip is to always use more spices, fine herbs in food preparation and less salt.
But did you know that there are different types of salt that are healthier?
Avoid refined salt because it is low in minerals. A good option is:
• Sea salt because it is obtained by the evaporation of seawater and is minimally processed, thus being more enriched in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium.
• Pink Himalayan Salt, have you heard about it? The pink salt (230 mg / g of salt) has about half the amount of sodium of that of refined table salt (400 mg / g of salt), and it is rich in minerals, which also explains its pinkish color.
Pink Himalayan salt is not processed by the industry and its crystals are harvested manually in salt deposits, when it settled in the mountains of the Himalayas. It is a natural salt and a source of more than 70 trace elements, offering great health benefits. It helps in the detoxification of the body, in the hydration mechanisms; stimulating cell renewal, among other benefits. But it’s no excuse to exaggerate its consumption.
How about trying it out?
Until next time.
Source: aquinacozinha

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