Salt has always had value, because salt is necessary to life. Not to mention the enhancement to flavour a little of this adds to even the most humble of dishes. Think of a boiled egg – without salt…..
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.
But like all things which provide a positive when used in moderation, when overutilised there are other and more dire things to consider. It is no secret that a diet high in sodium raises blood pressure which in turn can cause heart attacks and strokes. But new studies show it has also been linked to dementia, cancer and osteoporosis.
Would it surprise you to know it is not the flakes we sprinkle on our food that is the problem. It is the “hidden” sodium in all the processed foods so many of us eat – in the processed and packaged convenience food. Salt is not only added to this to enhance the flavour but also to preserve these and add to their “shelf life”.
“Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.” Buddha
Our body needs some salt – to maintain the right balance of fluids, transmit nerve impulses and contract and relax your muscles – but only about 500mg per day. When you eat far more than that your brain chemistry is altered. Consuming salt triggers dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with the brain’s pleasure centre so salty foods are as addictive as nicotine and alcohol. Eating salty foods makes you crave more.
Loading up on salt increases thirst. This wouldn’t be an issue if we drank water, but too many in western society turn to sugary soda ( and no – diet drinks are not the answer – they are loaded with sodium to make them taste good!!)
“A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her.”