What sort of salt are you shaking onto your food? Is it a good salt or a bad salt? Do you know the difference?
Isn’t all salt bad? Have you been told to lower your salt intake, to avoid salt – it will give you high blood pressure?
From my research and reading about nutrition, I discovered that many nutritionists regard white, refined table salt to be really unhealthy. It’s heavily processed, has been stripped of any trace minerals and can contain sugar and additives in the form of anti-caking agents. Yuk!
There is such a thing as healthy salt. Our bodies need salt. Just not too much. There is a lot of salt in processed foods already, so keep an eye on how much you are consuming.
So, what sort of salt is okay?
These are the three salts that I like to use that are nutritionally superior to table salt.
Himalayan Pink Salt. It contains an amazing 84 minerals and trace elements and is an unrefined, unprocessed “raw” salt. You will need a grinder designed for pink salt or it will ruin your regular salt grinder (trust me, I work in a kitchen store!) More info and buy online here.
Organic Celtic Sea Salt. Like the Himalayan pink salt, sea salt also retains minerals and trace elements. I am not sure if you can see it in my photo, but this salt is actually grey in colour and coarse in texture. It is also a little moist. I don’t put it in a salt shaker, I just use it from the packet. More info and buy online here.
Herbamare. Vogels Organic Herbamare is so yummy! I am sure you have heard me talk about it my recipes. Fresh organic herbs are combined with natural sea salt and allowed to “steep” for up to 12 months. The moisture is then removed by a special vaccum process at low temperature, allowing all the goodness of the ingredients to be absorbed by the salt crystals. It gives all savoury dishes a great flavour. More info and buy online here.
Ingredients: Unrefined Sea salt, celery leaves*, leek*, cress* (water and garden), onion*, chive*, parsley*, lovage*, garlic*, basil*, marjoram*, rosemary*, thyme*, kelp (with trace iodine). *Certifed organically grown
Most of these salts you can find in the health food aisle of major supermarkets or your local health food store. I have given you a link for each salt so you can find them online if you have troubles sourcing them.
Ditching the table salt and choosing a health salt is one very small swap you can make for your health. Actually would never go back to regular table salt, because these options taste so much nicer!
What sort of salt do you use?