QUESTION #12 – SALT
Question 5/20 from Meghan:
As the summer approaches, the heat sets in, and sweating becomes a way of life, I was left thinking about one of the most popular and overused minerals: salt. What are your feelings on salt?
Answer from SkillfulDoc:
Although arguably the most common mineral, most of us know very little about salt. Board-certified internist and certified holistic physician, Dr. Michael Finkelstein is very passionate about the misuse and misunderstanding of salt. He believes that in our culture, salt has been much maligned.
In large part this is appropriately due to its significant overuse and, in particular, the overeating of processed, prepared, boxed and canned foods that are so high in sodium chloride that it contributes to overall health risk. Yet in ancient times, salt was so valuable and important that people actually received their wages in the form of salt. Indeed, the word salary, is derived from the Latin “sal”.
Beyond the small amount of iodine we might require, the homogenized version of salt that we find in most shakers is uninteresting compared to the colorful varieties of sea salt and mined salts from around the world. These often add valuable minerals, such as Potassium, Magnesium, Sulfate and Calcium. Their different colors and textures adds distinct mouth-feel and taste to our food and are much more appealing to look at. Your next time out at the market, pick up some Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt, or Grey Salt from the coast of France, or Black Salt from Hawaii….add some color to your life!