Salt & Our Health


5 things you need to know about salt and your health

Woman Adding Salt to Pan

1. Sodium is an essential nutrient

It helps retain water, stimulates muscle contraction and aids digestion and nerve function. Every single one of our cells contains large amounts of salt which helps conduct electric signals through the body.


2. All salt contains sodium

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.


3. Sodium and salt are not the same thing

Sodium is a component of salt but they are not the same thing. Salt contains 60% chloride and 40% sodium. Sodium works with other electrolyte minerals, like potassium, magnesium and calcium, to balance the water levels in cells, stimulate nerve impulses and initiate muscle contractions. Sodium plays a vital role in regulating heart muscle contractions and controlling blood volume,


4. Reducing salt levels can harm your health.

A new study, which tracked more than 100,000 people from 17 countries over an average of more than three years, found that those who consumed less than 7.5g of salt a day had a 27% higher risk of death or a serious event such as a heart attack or stroke in that period than those whose intake was estimated at 7.5g to 15g of salt. There are multiple studies that also support these findings.


5. The current Recommended Daily Allowance is outdated

In 2004, a government-backed multi-million pound campaign encouraging people to cut down their salt intake gained a lot of media attention, claiming damaging effects of too much salt on our health. This was heavily disputed by the scientific community and the  growing number of studies which suggest that too little salt is harmful, have been ignored.

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