Salt Awareness Week - Missing the Point
Article provided by Seventh Wave Supplements
Salt Awareness Weekran in the UK from the 21st to the 27th March 2011.
This focused on Salt and Mens Health, in particular the high levels of toxic table salt in processed foods and pub meals.
In 2010 the campaign highlighted the health conditions associated with high (table) salt, and the importance of reading labels.
In 2009, the campaign focused on salt intake in restaurants.
And whilst these campaigns have their place, they do miss some very important nutritional issues.
Everyone is telling us to eat less salt. Yet life itself depends on Salt, so why did a life giving substance became such a toxic force in the modern lifestyle? And why did one of the most complex substances on the planet become known simply as chemical Sodium Chloride? There is a vast amount of nutritional and medical dogma out there today, and nowhere more so than salt (well, perhaps the incorrect nutritional information regarding butter and margarine!).
Salt for food purposes accounts for just 7% of the World’s salt production, the rest goes to industrial sources. Little wonder then that salt has become one of the most desecrated, and misunderstood of our food treasures.
In days gone by, salt was a food and a way to keep food fresh. As the modern age advanced, salt became a necessity for chemical manfacturing and a raw material for many products. But industry didnt want salt in it's natural form, it wanted pure sodium chloride, and only from land locked sources making it easy to refine and transport.
We became insignificant in the demand for salt, basic human biology was dismissed, and industry determined that isolated sodium choloride was to be on our tables. Slowly but surely, we forgot about real salt, and somehow decided that cheap, bright white and toxic salt was normal.
So, salts place as an important food, and yes, a health supplement, has been undermined by a plethora of issues that are nothing to do with food! First things first, there is a huge distinction between toxic table salt which is just sodium chloride, stripped of all the naturally healthy nutrients, with some chemical additives for good measure, and salts such as the most natural, and healthy salt in the World - Celtic Salt.
This contains a rich spectrum of 92 minerals, trace elements and macro-nutrients, more than just a condiment, it has a rightful place as a genuine natural health supplement. It is totally balanced and naturally low sodium.
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