A Pinch of Salt

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What’s the deal with Himalayan salt? Is it a health fad or is there something to it? Doesn’t the media say salt bad for you? Before diving into answering those questions, let’s start with the basics.

What is the origin of salt?

After doing some investigating I found some interesting things about the origin of salt. Salt dates back as far as 6050 BC and got its name from the word salary. Salt was a common item traded and used as a form of money back then. So, somebody took the ‘sal’ from salary and put a t on the ending, forming what we call salt today. A word that originated from salt is salad. Want to know why? Well way back when, Romans would sprinkle salt on their leafy greens and vegetables what we call today, salad. Clearly, salt was valuable mineral.

Is salt bad?

According to the 2010 recommendations of the American Heart Association (AHA), an adult should have no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. The AHA warns about the dangers of consuming too much salt, but when I did more research I was surprised to find that salt is not “bad.” In fact, quite the opposite is true. Our bodies need salt. Salt helps reduce fluid retention, helps reduce toxins to promote clear skin, aids in healing wounds, and enhances nutrient absorption.

Salt isn’t bad. But rather it is the kind of salt that is the problem. Table salt is manufactured by taking natural salt and heating it to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. This process changes the chemical composition and the nutritional benefits of salt are almost completely destroyed.

Why switch to Himalayan salt?

Many claim that Himalayan salt it the purest form of salt out there and known as “pink gold.” It contains over 80 trace minerals that help you stay hydrated. Some of these trace elements are copper, zinc, magnesium, and potassium. Functional doctors of medicine report that by regularly consuming Himalayan salt it promotes healthy pH balance of cells, helps regulate blood sugar levels, helps regulate the body’s sleep cycle, and many other things.

What kinds of salt products does The Carrot Seed have to offer?

  1. The Carrot Seed sells Himalayan gray, pink, and pure halite salt. To use the salt cubes simply grate them and sprinkle on your favorite foods. A package of salt cost $6.99.

 

  1. The Carrot Seed also sells Himalayan Salt Blocks. You can use them to cook food on your stove top, in the oven, or on the grill. To use the block heat it up very slowly to help prevent from cracking or breaking. To test if it is hot enough sprinkle a couple drops of water on the block. If they sizzle, the block is ready. Next, place your meat, veggies or whatever you plan to cook on the block. After a few minutes or so, use a thin metal/silicone spatula or tongs to flip your food over to cook the other side until done. For at least one hour leave the block alone to let it cool. To clean simply wet a cloth, wipe the surface, and let the block air-dry. Soap is not needed. Blocks cost $24.99.

My take on Himalayan salt

I personally use Himalayan Salt. I do not think it tastes all that different that normal table salt, but knowing that it is better for my body is reason enough for me to buy it. It contains traces of numerous beneficial minerals that can’t be found anywhere else. Himalayan salt is not processed at high heats and contains no additives like table salt. So, think about switching out your table salt for Himalayan salt today!

Sources:

https://www.seasalt.com/salt-101/history-of-salt/

https://draxe.com/10-benefits-celtic-sea-salt-himalayan-

http://bodyecology.com/articles/salt-and-your-skin.php

http://themeadow.com/pages/minerals-in-himalayan-pink-salt-spectral-analysis