When it comes to salt and your health, there are a lot of rumours. So we’re here to debunk the myths so that you can take a sensible approach to your salt consumption, based on facts.
Salt is bad for you.
Salt is an essential mineral. Every human cell contains salt, adding up to around 250g in the average human body. It performs vital functions in digestion and hydration and salt levels are regulated by the kidneys.
The less salt you consume, the healthier you will be
In fact, a lack of salt is dangerous. The Institute of Medicine found that reducing sodium intake beyond 2.3g a day had no positive effects. In a study by The American Journal of Hypertension low vs. normal salt intake produced a higher risk of all- cause mortality than high vs. normal intake.
By not adding salt to your food, your diet will be salt free
The majority of salt you consume will not be table salt, it will be found in processed foods, foods that we should limit our intake of, such as tinned soups, microwave meals and pasta sauces.
Fancy salts are healthier than table salt
From table salt to Pink Himalayan salt, all types contain the same amount of sodium, 2,400 milligrams of sodium per 6 grams of salt.
Everyone should consume the same amount of salt
The amount of salt you should consume depends on the individual, on their diet, weight, lifestyle and genetics and shouldn’t be dictated by government recommendations, which are currently outdated. Salt-sensitive people who experience changes in blood pressure, should monitor their consumption more carefully. For most healthy people, a common sense, sensible approach is all that is needed.