Salt and Its Impact on Your Health
Because chemically, there is no significant difference between sea salt and table salt. kosher salt is Sodium Chloride derived from sea salt and then purified to remove impurities. It often resembles a fine powder of small white crystals, which are actually fine crystal salt crystals of identical shape.
There are many different kinds of salt, with differing properties, uses and price. Salt can be found in nature in fossilized shells of various animals and plants. These salt crystals vary in composition, as well as their appearance. Most salt crystals found in salt mines are dark gray, whereas some are translucent or light grey, and some have a greenish cast to them. Most salt crystals formed in coastal areas are salt-looking and translucent.
Most commercially produced sea salt is very coarse and unrefined. The most common variety is white salt, which is also the most expensive type. White sea salt is less refined than coarse and contains mostly metallic salts such as potassium and magnesium, with trace amounts of other minerals.
Table salt is sourced from mountains and sea salt mines in various parts of the world. Salt is often sourced from lakes in certain areas. It is much more refined than sea salt, and because of the refinement process, table salt contains minerals that do not contain any of the trace amounts of essential minerals normally found in seawater.
Most people will not notice the difference in table salt and sea salt, but they should. Sea salt has a lower boiling point and therefore more soluble. As it melts in the water it will swell and expand, and this makes a briny salt mix that can’t dissolve in water. It will clog up your pores and irritate your skin. On the other hand kosher salt dissolves easily in water, and it is clear – so you know that it contains no impurities.
Natural sea salt is very fine grained, and it is often collected from slopes surrounding the sea. This salt dissolves easily in water and is clear to look at. It is made by evaporating water from hot air. In the US, kosher salt is made in Israel and used in the United States because it is cheaper to ship, but not as good tasting as the natural sea salt. Some kosher salt found in stores or sold in stores in other countries is not genuine, and the crystals are bleached – hence the yellow color.
Crayon crystals are often used to flavor foods, and kosher salt isn’t far behind. The colorless, translucent, and white crayon flakes used for flavoring are not derived from kosher salt. Instead, they are a product of the petroleum industry and are made from crude oil. Crude oil is anything but refined. It has been found to contain high levels of contaminants, and has been banned in many countries due to health concerns. In this form, however, it still tastes pretty good.
There is no scientific evidence that proves that sea salt and table salt have any effect on blood pressure. In fact, studies have shown that sea salt increases blood pressure! For this reason, it is better to use kosher salt when cooking and shopping.
So how can salt affect your health? Sea salt and table salt are high in sodium and potassium. These two minerals help maintain the electrolyte balance in your body. The trace minerals in salt stimulate the heart and help with weight loss. Salt can also stimulate cancer cells, so it is wise to limit its intake to prevent chronic illness.
Many kosher salt mines in the world produce salt with a lack of trace minerals in it. This salt is known as “bells salt” and is completely edible. Although people in the African continent have used it to cook their wholemeal diet for centuries, it is unknown if it ever helped them in any way. The salt does contain potassium, which is beneficial for the heart, and can help relieve constipation. Modern table salt contains only trace minerals and is very cheaply produced.
If you choose sea salt or table salt as your table salt, you should read the labels and pay special attention to the sodium content. The amount of sodium in a product may vary depending on where the salt is mined. Usually sea salt has the most salt per volume, while table salt is more refined and has less sodium per serving. When purchasing sea salt, make sure that it has been harvested from healthy, unaltered sea water. Sea water contains more oxygen than sea water anywhere else, so it is more likely to be healthy than other types of sea water.