Did you know there are 8 different types of salt?
These different types of salt contain many amazing properties.
And did you know that salt is impossible to survive without, but an overdose will kill you? Long live salt! Did you know that different salts can be pink or green or even gray?
Yes, this most common, unassuming, everyday ingredient that we find on every kitchen shelf is actually not so ordinary, after all.
And it does pay to know all about your salt because this ingredient does have a big impact on your health too. So, here are eight different types of salt for you to discover. What type of salt appeals to you?
1. Fleur de Sel
The French literally translates to “flower of salt” and as you would expect, this salt is obtained from the salt ponds surrounding specific French villages.
Fleur de sel is a white salt that occasionally has a pinkish hue and it is a preferred salt for finishing dishes, which makes it a good selection for the table and in the kitchen. The slight mineral taste adds flavor to dishes too.
2. Sea Salt
Minimally refined, this salt usually has minerals that are also present in the sea. The tangy taste of the ocean is very evident in this salt variety and its affordable price makes it perfect for any kitchen.
3. Himalayan Pink Salt
The iron in these salts infuses them with a pink color and they do actually contain over 80 trace minerals, all essential for the health of your body. They are derived from the ancient seabed’s in the Himalayas, and are named for this.
4. Celtic Sea Salt
Grey in color, this salt is harvested from clay, and hand raked in France. Mineral rich and moist, this salt is formed when the natural clay traps mineral rich crystals within itself.
5. Hawaiian Salt
This salt is almost red in color because of the volcanic clay it is harvested from. This clay contains iron oxide which imparts a distinctive hue to the salt.
Kauai Island in Hawaii is the only place where one can find this salt, which is known to have some of the highest concentrations of minerals and elements.
6. Persian Blue Salt
Apart from the unusual color, this salt also has a distinctive sweetness that makes it really unique. The salt crystals are so highly compressed that they turn blue, giving the salt its name.
7. Kala Namak
Or Black salt, when translated from the native Hindi, this salt is pink when ground to powder and blackish when in crystal form. This volcanic salt is typically used unrefined and its sulfuric flavor makes it a favorite for many Indian dishes and also fresh fruit based dishes.
8. Smoked Salt
Your history book may not mention this but smoked salt is not something modern ore recent. Vikings are known to have smoked their salt to get a strong flavor from it and the smoke also gives a rich color to the crystals. When the salt is used in food, it dissolves and the smoky flavor adds to the taste and fragrance of the dish itself.
Salt pros and cons in your diet
It is a well-known fact that our body needs minerals to keep it going and one of the simplest ways to ensure that it gets these is to maintain an adequate supply through the addition of salt to your food.
Pink salt, in particular, is very highly recommended in this respect. The right amount of salt in your diet also keeps your muscles functioning correctly, in particular, the contraction of muscles.
Grey salt helps restore electrolyte balance and ensures that muscle function is perfect. Salt also balances fluid content within the body, regulates body temperature and keeps the nerves functioning efficiently.
However, too much salt can lead to a slew of health problems. For instance, hypertension can be linked to overuse of salt. Excess salt can also strain your heart by causing water retention in your body which increases the blood pressure in your veins.
Too much salt is also often the cause of kidney stones as it prompts the release of calcium into the urinary tract.
The right amount of salt for you
Salt is definitely an essential ingredient in your diet but too much can cause harm, as you can see. That is why it is crucial for you to maintain the right balance when you are using it in your different foods.
Experts recommend that 2,300 milligrams is the safest amount of salt to consume in a day. For people with hypertension, heart ailments or diabetes, this daily limit should be even lower.
A startling fact is that most Americans overshoot this ideal level by quite a bit, averaging a salt intake of approximately 3,400 milligrams daily.
This often happens because we do not realize that salt naturally occurs already in many foods. We then inflate the quantity of salt we consume when we add more of it to the same food while cooking or seasoning.
For example, a single egg has about 140 mg of sodium, just as much as raw celery – 50 mg. Packaged foods, especially canned foods, have substantial salt content in them.
This is why dieticians often discourage the addition of salt to foods when many processed, canned or packaged ingredients are being used in a dish.
We need to take this seriously, because too much salt can lead to a lethal level of sodium in our bodies, and that is something to avoid, surely. Our body does have built-in mechanisms to prevent over-accumulation of sodium.
When there is too much of it, water from the cells is used to neutralize it – but this damages these cells beyond repair. It could potentially cause brain seizures and even death.
According to research, the lethal dose of table salt is 12357 mg per kg of body weight. It is important to keep this in mind so that you do not go overboard on your salt seasoning, and damage your body’s cells beyond repair… or worse. Take care of yourself.