Salt. We know we shouldn’t over do it. Too much can lead to serious problems like high blood pressure and annoying “charlie horse” calf cramps waking you up in the middle of the night. With processed, packaged foods a plenty, it’s way too easy to get more than the recommended daily amount (1,500 mg). There’s that much in a can of Campbell’s tomato soup.
It’s this kind of thing that gives salt a bad rap. The body needs it though. The problem is we’re getting too much sodium from processed foods and too much of the refined stuff that doesn’t have the good stuff with it. It’s just like white bread. They strip out the good-for-you stuff, bleach it, and what’s left has no nutritional benefit.
Unrefined sea salt actually has more than 60 minerals that the body needs. Craving pretzels? It could just be your body asking for those minerals. You mean there’s more to those cravings than just a passion for potato chips?
Yes. But, with common table salt, when we try to satisfy that craving, we’re getting the salt but not the minerals the body asked for. Our taste buds recognize the flavor, but to our body no nutritional transaction has occurred.
So, given the option, with sea salt at least you’re getting some nutritional benefit. Different brands come from different waters and vary in flavor so it’s suggested to try a few before settling on one. And it’s natural so the crystals will be larger and have more of a yellow or brownish tint to them.
Funny story… I’ve actually mistaken sea salt for fine parmesan cheese and dumped a heaping spoonful of it over pasta at a nice Italian restaurant in New York once (remember that Hales?). Hales had just moved to NYC and my friend Steph and I took a trip to visit. We were all chatting, laughing, drinking wine and having a grand time … our food came out, I went for what I thought was the parm, took a bite and it was ALL sea salt. So bad. I can almost taste the ocean as I write this.
It’s much better just on veggies. 🙂
Megan Adams Brown, CHC, helps families find healthy routines that work, with no more “what’s for dinner?” stress, and a lot better food. Her family meal plans help moms take charge of their kitchen and their own health, leading to more vegetables and less junk all around. Megan also specializes in working with food allergies and sensitivities and shares allergy-friendly recipes on her blog. To learn more click here.