Hi all, my question is about industrial salt and if it is worth itself. Problems I have heard rumors about re: industiral salt in foods and that have arisen in my own dietary practices: (1) it appears to increase hunger/desire to eat. Why?(all conditions in the diet were the same but for the inclusion of salt and hunger was absent otherwise-this is a general clause for all the 'rumors'/hypotheses listed here). (2) it causes excretion of nutrients(a feeling of deficiency or less 'sufficiency' than normal in my diet) (3) it causes joint stiffness/deposits(increase stiffness of joints, cracking of joints post consumption). These symptoms occured after consuming at a given time, eg. 1 can of Tuna(drained, packed in water), 40-60 grams of cheese. Any diagnoses as to this problem. Cheap protein sources or lack of prefereable alternatives sometimes dictate the consumption of foods containing industrial salt(sad abut true). Would it be advisable to omit the salt-containing foods altogether despite their protein/nutritional value? If not, what health obstacles would one stumble into down life's path?
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on May 06, 2011
at 05:53 PM
As a general rule, I think that when you separate a component from a natural food and then consume it in abundance, you are asking for trouble.
Consider corn syrup, especially HCFS, which is sugar separated from the other nutrients and minerals in corn. Corn can be a dietary staple (not very Paleo but civilizations have been based upon it), but this definitely doesn't apply to corn syrup.
Similarly I think that honey, especially "dirty" natural honey, is far better for you than refined sugar, since the vitamins and minerals slows your body's absorption of the sugar (even though it is still a sugar), gives you at least some nutrition, and your body doesn't learn to accept the ultra-sweet taste of refined sugar.
Along these lines, I think that extracting just the salt away from the other minerals that come with natural salt such as sea salt is not a good idea, you're isolating one component and leaving the other vitamins and minerals behind.
It turns out that the iodine in commercial salt is the main source of iodine for a lot of people, which once upon a time was a good thing since iodine is needed to prevent some thyroid conditions. If you did cut commercial salt completely out of your diet, and weren't eating other sources of iodine, you might consider eating some roasted seaweed every now and then to make it up.
on May 06, 2011
at 05:42 PM
I use Himalayan salt (pink) for the minerals. I have heard this is a waste of money, but... I have also read good things. Since salt is used in relatively small quantities. The price difference is minimal. In doubt, I prefer this alternative to standard industrial salt.