When it comes to salt, Sea Salt is The Healthy Choice that should be in every kitchen. While salt may be the most popular seasoning in the world, but it is not a spice.
In a very large percentage of the recipes presented on my blog and in my cook books, you will find the suggestion that you use Fresh ground Sea Salt and Fresh ground Pepper. While it is very important to your overall health that you limit the amount of salt you use in your meals, some salt will be required for most recipes. If we must use some salt, we want to be sure that we use the best salt that we can.
Sea Salt is easier on our digestive system than regular table salt and it is taster. That is because of the vegetation and minerals floating in the water. That is also the reason that sea salt from one ocean will taste different that salt from another ocean. For that reason. I keep more than one sea salt in my seasoning rack. The mineral composition can include zinc, magnesium and iron plus up to about 47 others. Just as India’s Tellicherry pepper is considered the cream of the crop of peppers, France’s Fleur de sel or “flower of the Sea” is considered to be the top of the line in sea salt.
Of the other two salts, Kosher salt, is a type of coarse salt which is usually made without additives but does sometimes have minerals added to it. The salt itself is not necessarily Kosher, but takes its name from the curing process used on Kosher meats. It is also sold as rock salt. This would be the next best choice after Sea salt.
The last choice one should make is for table salt. This salt has had all the flavors stripped out of it. It has been more heavily processed to eliminate minerals and usually contains an additive to prevent clumping. Most table salt also has added iodine, which is an essential nutrient that helps maintain a healthy thyroid.
The world has been using salt in one form or another since the beginning of time. In today’s world of highly processed foods we are in danger of using to much of it. It does have it’s down side. The health risks associated with high salt intake, include high blood pressure in sensitive individuals. It also causes water retention which can result in unwanted weight gain. It is safer to use salt in moderation. There are some foods that already contain salt such as pears and bananas. When cooking it is often easy to reduce the amount of salt called for in a recipe by 1/3 without effecting the flavor of the finished product. Try to avoid products that advertise salt on the outside of the package as a plus ingredient. Chances are it has way more salt that your body needs.
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