Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Difference between Sea Salt and Table Salt

Sea salt has become quite popular over the last couple of years as a healthier substitute for regular table salt. The differences between the two salts is not that much because both contain high amounts of sodium and chloride. However, even though the differences are small, they are enough for many to make the switch.

So what are the differences?

Mineral Content

Sea salt is obtained naturally through the evaporation of sea waters, and thus the salt contains many minerals that are essential for the human body. Some of these minerals include iodine, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and many more. Depending on the brand, the salt can contain all the essential minerals that your body needs. Read More...

Friday, November 4, 2011

Do We Need Salt in Our Diet

It seems as though everywhere we turn, we hear about reducing our salt intake. We hear about all the negative side effects that an excess amount of salt can bring upon us, and it almost makes you wonder...do we even need salt in our diet?

But the answer is a resounding yes! For without salt our bodies just would not be able to function properly. But as with anything else it needs to be kept in moderation.

How Much Do We Need?

The recommended daily intake for salt is between 1500 to 2400mg, which equals to about 1 tsp. or less, as 1 tsp. contains as much as 2400mg. However, according to studies, most people on the Western diet consume much more than 1 tsp. per day. Read More...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How to Reduce Your Salt Intake

Even though salt is an essential part of the diet, it is important that it is consumed in moderation. The recommended amount of salt is only 1 tsp. or less per day, but due to all the processed foods most people end up consuming more than what they should.

An excess amount of salt can lead to high blood pressure, arthritis, gall bladder and kidney stones, fluid retention and many other common ailments and serious diseases. Thus you should always be conscious as to how much salt you consume, and always look for ways to reduce your intake. Read More...