Salt is an indispensable ingredient in every kitchen. But, there are many misconceptions about salt ad their consumption.
Here are 9 most common myths and facts about salt you must know since you are a daily user of salt in your life. Aren’t you?
#Myth 1: We consume salt only when we add it to our food.
Fact: Chemically, salt is known as ‘Sodium Chloride’ and the foods which contain sodium and chlorine. But there are many foods out there which are rich in sodium such as cheese, butter, ham, sauces like tomato sauce, soy sauce, chilly sauce, pizza sauce, packaged foods, etc. So not only we consume those little pinches of salt that we add to our meals, but from other sources too.
#Myth 2: Only foods that contain sodium taste salty.
Fact: Wake up! Not just those tasty snacks that taste salty, several food items have sodium and that don’t taste salty. Bread, cheese, and breakfast cereals are to name some.
#Myth 3: Intake of salt adds calories.
Fact: If you think that salt consumption is making you fat, then you need to have a clear picture of what’s happening inside your body when you take excess salt. Salt has no calorific value and thus is not related to weight gain. Instead, excessive salt consumption leads to water retention inside the body which adds on to your weight. Make sure to take the right amount of salt in your diet.
#Myth 4: Foods that taste sweet have less salt in them.
Fact: If you are consuming bakes sweet foods such as cakes, pastries, salted caramel, etc. it doesn’t mean you do not have salt in your diet. Baked food items contain a right amount of salt in them which is why you should check the label or ask the baker if it contains salt or not.
#Myth 5: Salt consumption would ease or prevent muscle cramps.
Fact: Well, only 1gm of salt in your diet is enough for the proper functioning of muscles. Thus, keep your salt intake in check if you are of the opinion that the more the salt you eat, the more you would feel at ease when you have a muscle cramp.
#Myth 6: Sea salt or Himalayan Pink Salt is healthier than table salt.
Fact: While sea salt and Himalayan Pink salt contain more mineral than table salt, they aren’t a ‘healthier’ option. Salts are salts no matter what type it is. It is not wise to replace your table salt with these salt thinking that they are healthier and less harmful (when taken in excess amounts).
#Myth 7: It’s safe for everyone to use salt substitutes.
Fact: Salt substitutes contain potassium instead of sodium. Replacing the salt consumption with salt substitutes isn’t safe for everyone especially for heart patients. Potassium influences the heartbeat and shall only be consumed if prescribed by a qualified doctor.
#Myth 8: There would be noticeable symptoms of the ill effects of excess salt consumption.
Fact: Mostly, high intake of salt causes a rise in blood pressure, constriction of arteries and increased risk of heart failure along with pressure to the kidney. These symptoms don’t show up instantly, and it may take you a lot of time to notice the effects. It’s better to consume salt in moderation.
#Myth 9: It’s okay to have salt in our foods if we don’t have any health issues.
Fact: Whether you are fit and fine without any health issues or you are aged having a lot of health problems, salt should be consumed in control. Preferably when you get older, you should try to cut out salt from your diet as much as possible and take only 1-3gms of salt per day (or as prescribed). It doesn’t matter whether you are an athlete or child, having a healthy balanced diet is the key to good health.
So, now when we have busted the most common myths about salt, you must have understood that you should consume salt in moderation and keep your salt levels in check.