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03/2014
Lifestyle

"Salt”... Is it beneficial or harmful to human health?

salt(200)Salt is a critical for balancing the amount of water required for our organs, body, and cell metabolism. Excessive intakes, however, can have a negative impact on your health. And cutting salt from your foods permanently or suddenly reducing the amount you take daily may affect the mineral balance in your body. So, never do it without consulting a doctor first. Therefore, having a moderate salt intake is the best way to maintain the health of your body.

Natural salt is usually associated with sea salt and mineral salt. Sea salt is obtained by evaporating sea water, and mineral salt comes from mines in the form of rocks. In the market, salt is found in two forms: iodized refined salt (99% sodium chloride and 1% iodine potassium or calcium), and sea salt (95% of sodium chloride and 5% of manganese, calcium, phosphorus, iodine in its natural form, and 70 other minerals in their natural balanced form that aid the body in maintaining its vitality and completing the process of metabolism).

Salt, known scientifically as sodium chloride (NaCl), is found in most ready-made or instant foods; such as instant soup packages. These foods can take a significant toll on your daily salt intake. Not to mention, you can also find salt in preservatives, like dried vegetables (i.e. dried tomatoes), cured meats (i.e. sausages and salami), cheeses, roasted nuts and pickles. So be aware of what you eat, large consumptions of salt mean large amounts of sodium in your body. This leads to high blood pressure, water retention hence weight gain, and other serious health complications, such as heart and blood vessel diseases and even brain strokes.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends eating no more than 3 grams of salt a day, however, in reality, the rate of per capita intake reaches up to 15-20 grams, especially since the introduction of potato chips, crackers and other snacks that are rich in salt. To bring that number down, it is advised to replace salt with flavoring spices in the food to improve its taste. Furthermore, as a way of exercising sodium (Na) portion control, nutrition experts advise to also avoid salt in manufactured food produc