Salt is Good For You

Salt is Good For You

Octavia Klein Photography

Yes, salt is good for you! The type of salt you use is seriously, vitally important. I don’t mean to sound too dramatic, just enough to get my point across. It enhances the flavor of every dish. Without salt our hearts would straight up stop beating. Salt is not the bad guy, bad salt is the bad guy. Proccessed, refined, iodized table salt, for all it’s free-pour technology is all salty flavor with none of the good stuff.

To be good, salt must retain it’s minerals. One reason I love to use naturally colored salts is, the minerals give them the color. Some salts also almost have a greasy feel: that is also minerals; magnesium in particular has a greasy feel to it. Many, many, many people are walking around right now deficient in magnesium.

So it makes our food taste good. It protects our food from microbial growth as we cure and preserve traditional foods. It allows our ticker to keep on ticking. So pick the right salt and ensure that you are getting the full benefits of to be had. Personally, I mainly use Pink Real Salt from Utah and Celtic Sea Salt for finishing dishes and for shaking things up a bit. I also buy large bottles of less expensive sea salt to use as an abrasive cleaner (pour 1/4 C of salt in your scuzziest pans, scrub, scrub, scrub and be amazed!) or for homemade body scrubs. Full disclosure: I almost always have a small container of mineral rich salt in my car, just in case!

A few more notes: athletes need to replenish the minerals lost through sweat by consuming salt-rich foods frequently. Pink colored salt is pink from naturally occurring minerals, Pink Salt is the name of an ingredient used to cure meats and these are different things. Salts can also be colored through additives, flavoring and smoking–be sure the salt that existed before anything was added is of sufficient quality before making a “fancy salt” purchase like truffle salt, which, while it may be made with Perigord black truffles it might be just Diamond Crystal supermarket salt. I exaggerate here but worth considering before the splurge.

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