Salt is a mineral that generally consists of 40% sodium and 60% chloride and happens to make almost every meal taste better. Salt is used for two main causes: flavoring food and preserving food. There are several different types of salt, and some salts may be better for you than others. This is a quick guide to different salts and which ones you should be using.

Salt and Health

There have been misconceptions that salt can raise blood pressure and cause other problems, but there is little evidence to support these claims. Most doctors recommend consuming less than 2300 milligrams of salt every day but 90% of people consume more salt every day. That could be better than too little salt, though. Some doctors say that not getting enough salt can result in:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes/ insulin resistance
  • elevated bad cholesterol
  • stomach cancer

Some foods are very high in salt without contributing to flavor, such as processed foods. If you cut these foods out of your diet, you can feel free to add a little extra salt to your meals without fear of any health problems.

Types of Salt

There are multiple types of salt available. Here are some of the different types of salt and what makes them special.

Himalayan pink
This salt gets its pink color from high levels of iron, and it only comes from the Himalayan mountains. The high levels of iron and other minerals make it a relatively healthy salt.

Kosher salt
Jewish tradition requires meat to have all blood removed before it is consumed. The rough nature of kosher salt helps accomplish that goal. Kosher salt is purer than most other salts.

Sea salt
Salt that results from separating the salt out of sea water. It can be coarse or fine, and it has trace amounts of iodine.

Table salt
With a purity rating of 97% sodium chloride or higher, table salt is highly refined. This is the salt that is on most kitchen tables.

What Salt Should I Eat?

While there are differences to the types of salt, the differences are not significant. Most people will pick the type of salt they used based on their specific needs. Chefs may use sea salt or kosher salt because it is easier to pick up than table salt. Some chefs choose Himalayan salt or black salt because they want the hint of color to enhance the look of their meals. People may choose kosher salt because of their religious beliefs. Others will choose table salt because of the convenience. Your choice won’t make as much of a difference as how much salt you consume. You want to eat enough salt without consuming too much. Rather than focusing on the type of salt, focus on how much salt you eat. Choose whichever salt you refer.

Salt is a natural and delicious part of our world. We may as well use the mineral that was given to us in such abundance. It’s just important to use it wisely. If you are worried about your sodium intake, talk to your doctor to get their recommendation on how you should proceed. They may be able to suggest ways for you to improve your sodium levels without losing any flavor.