Is Salt bad for you? Naturally occurring salts in plant based whole food should be OK for most of us. For example, Celery.
What is harmful is salt extracted from other sources which is an toxic irritant to our bodies. At the cellular level it upsets the sodium/potassium ratio…
Salt, like spices does tend to pervert our taste buds in that we lose our appreciation for the natural taste of the food itself. Salt also tends to retard digestion affecting the elimination cycle.
But, if it means we don’t eat plant based whole food because we don’t put a dash of salt, pepper and/or spices on it, I say make our food taste good. Use it, but try not to overdo it. Furthermore, try to avoid condiments altogether (Mustard and Ketchup, etc.) as they are loaded with salt and sugar.
The same goes for processed or refined foods. This is where you have to be careful because the amount added could be huge! Anything that comes in a box, can, bottle or package likely has added salt way in excess of what we need, that is put there to flavor the food.
Salt can make your blood pressure higher because it thickens the blood. It can damage arteries, blood vessels, heart, kidneys and brain…
Is Sea Salt Healthier?
Sea salt and table salt have the same nutritional value. One is not better than the other, only table salt has Iodine added which is essential to our Thyroid.
The common potato is an easy addition to most meals and is one of the richest sources of iodine in the vegetable kingdom. One medium-sized baked potato has 60/mcg of iodine.
One baked potato will give less than half of the amount of iodine you need in one day plus only 160 calories for a medium one. Leave the skin on and buy organic as regular potatoes are sprayed heavily with pesticide.
The only salt we need comes from plant based whole food itself. Salt in small amounts helps you…
- Maintain fluid balance in body
- Assists in nerve impulse transmission
- Plays a part in contraction and relaxation of muscles
Some people’s bodies are more sensitive to salt than others. The daily USDA guideline for Americans is less than 2,400 mg. (approx. 1 teaspoon) per day. Many of us use 3,000 to over 4,000 mg. a day. It is recommended for those over 50 to use no more than 1500 mg. a day. Read labels to know how much salt and sugar is in what you eat.