Salt is essential for life—you cannot live without it - but it must be NATURAL salt and NOT PROCESSED salt.
Processed salt is nothing like natural salt - one is health damaging while the second is healing
Natural salt is 84% percent sodium chloride but processed salt is 98%. The remaining 16% of natural salt comprises other naturally occurring minerals such as trace minerals like silicon, phosphorous and vanadium. However that 2% of processed salt consists of chemicals such as moisture absorbents (dangerous chemicals like ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate) and a little added iodine. In addition the structure of processed salt has been extensively altered during the refining process. Refined salt is dried above 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, altering the natural chemical structure of the salt and leaving behind chemically "cleaned" sodium chloride.
So when you read about advice for cutting down on your salt intake, you need to realize that it is the processed salt or sodium that you need to be reducing and most of this processed salt is hidden in processed and convenience foods. Be aware that processed salt is added by food manufacturers to their foods and products to improve taste and flavour. Salt also increases the shelf life of products by preventing bacterial growth. It is a preservative; it enhances sweetness in baked goods; it disguises that chemical aftertaste in soft drinks; and is used extensively in take outs and pre-packaged foods.
Be especially wary of
- Processed meats: polony, ham, Viennas, Russians, sausages, bacon, frankfurters
- Baked goods
- Chicken spice, barbecue spice, celery salt, garlic salt, lemon salt, Aromat
- All cheeses, cheese spread, processed cheese
- Snacks such as chips, salty biscuits, pretzels, chips, salted nuts, popcorn and crackers
- Breakfast cereals
- Take-outs and fast food
- Ready-prepared and frozen meals
- Savory spreads
- Stock: cubes and powder
- Tinned, cured and smoked meats and fish
- Packet and tinned soups, sauces and gravy
- Vegetables: canned vegetables, pickles, sauerkraut, olives (in brine)
- Sauces and condiments: Worcestershire, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, pre-prepared salad dressings
Stick to whole foods to steer clear of unnecessary processed salt
Salt is a source of sodium so when checking ingredients labels, look out for words such as salt and sodium as well as
- Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
- MSG (monosodium glutamate)
- Sodium ascorbate
- Sodium propionate
- Sodiumm sulphate
- Sodium nitrate (and nitrite) and
- Sodium caseinate
When buying salt, look for natural salt such as Celtic
There are also other natural products that you can use to enhance and add flavor to your food:
The more you can move towards a diet of whole foods in their natural state the better. You will be healthier with natural foods whether they are vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy and of course salt.
Our body needs salt but not the processed type. Buy unprocessed salt such as Celtic and use it liberally. Your body will thank you.
- Fresh and dried herbs: parsley, thyme, coriander, rosemary, origanum, mixed herbs
- Spices: black pepper, curry, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, curry and mustard powder
- Bay leaves
- Lemon and/or orange rind and juice
- Garlic or ginger