Too Little Salt

Too Little Salt: Ten Annoying Symptoms

As the title of Sally Gething's book implies, not having enough salt in your diet can cause you health problems, yet this thought generally goes against what we have been repeatedly told over the past 30 years by scientists. So what is right?

2000 years ago salt was so highly valued that Roman soldiers were paid in it, which is where we get our work 'salary' from. In recent times modern soldiers were given salt tablets to eat every day if they were working in the tropics. And prior to the last few decades, no one gave a hoot about salt, and if anything, it was generally considered a valuable commodity for its ability to preserve food, as prior to the invention of electricity a great deal of our food was salted.

Natural sea salt is not just sodium chloride.
If you take ordinary sea water and evaporate off the water, you will be left with 80+ minerals, and not just sodium and chloride that are generally packaged as "salt" today. This unprocessed, fully-mineralised sea salt is what our ancestors used in their cooking and what they were paid in when they earned their salt. In fact, it seems that salt has really only got a bad rap once it became processed and had the 80+ minerals removed so that it was no longer a proper balance of minerals.

Another part of today's problem is that people often don't cook their own food, but instead they buy what someone else has cooked. Because salt is so good at preserving food, it is often added to foods to make it last longer, and so people are getting more sodium than is considered good for them.

However, not having any salt in your diet is not considered a good option either. A recent study that followed almost 29,000 people for almost 5 years showed that eating too much salt is not good for you but if you cut too much salt from your diet this can be harmful too. 

It seems then that the bottom line is that we need a range of minerals to be healthy, and you can get these easily by using unprocessed, fully-mineralised salt.

Reading Sally's book, Too Little Salt: Ten Annoying Symptoms, will not only explain to you why salt is important, but also how to use it. You can buy her book at