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To Salt or Not To Salt

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 05, 2013 at 2:33 PM

How many of you use salt during your 30 day challenge? I read some saying only sea salt while a few people say eliminate it all together. I'm aware that alot of the food eating on Paleo is not processed thus there's is a definite lack of salt. Also, that salt is necessary in maintaining electrolyte balance.

What are your thoughts? Yay or nay?

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on June 06, 2013
at 04:30 PM

Agreed, but not matter how much *i myself* try to like it, I hate seafood.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on June 05, 2013
at 08:12 PM

i'm the same. I use a few teaspoons a day as well. my bp has been so low- usually 82/48 so I can't imagine how much worse it would be if I didn't eat salt.

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on June 05, 2013
at 06:54 PM

I would take seafood as a source of iodine over table salt any day.

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on June 05, 2013
at 04:59 PM

Seconding the sodium-potassium ratio; I think that's probably a better indicator of electrolyte levels than raw salt consumption. Paleo eaters end up with a higher potassium consumption than your standard SAD eater, both because of the lack of processed calories and the preponderance of mineral-rich vegetables. If you're adding salt to unproccessed, whole foods, you're going to have a hard time adding enough salt to upset that balance while keeping the food edible.

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on June 05, 2013
at 02:45 PM

In my humble opinion, salt is AOK on paleo. Sea salt is great, but at the frequency you find that you'll use salt, I think any type is OK.

In the world of processed foods, all "added salt" quickly adds up and becomes a negative thing. Also, when eating mainly processed foods, potassium quickly becomes outweighed by the amount of sodium in the diet, and people veer from healthy ratios.

On a general paleo diet, sodium and potassium levels are in a great ratio, and levels of each are usually very good.

So, when cooking on a general paleo diet, "added salt" is generally OK - you know exactly how much you are using to make your food really pop with flavour.

If you are someone that is "salt addicted", maybe use this personal 30 day challenge to take a break from salt. But overall, cooking your own food and using salt is absolutely fine.

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

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on June 05, 2013
at 04:59 PM

Seconding the sodium-potassium ratio; I think that's probably a better indicator of electrolyte levels than raw salt consumption. Paleo eaters end up with a higher potassium consumption than your standard SAD eater, both because of the lack of processed calories and the preponderance of mineral-rich vegetables. If you're adding salt to unproccessed, whole foods, you're going to have a hard time adding enough salt to upset that balance while keeping the food edible.

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on June 05, 2013
at 02:54 PM

SALT

The initial paleo recommendations appear to have come from a combination of mainstream anti-salt sentiment plus a sort of educated guess about how much salt would actually be in the foods paleolithic man would be eating. The experiential recommendation is, get the industrial salts out of your food, and then salt to taste with good salt. If you don't you will go wonky. I brew coffee with salt in it.
Salt to taste. If you are eating paleo, taste starts to become a good signal.

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6a887d4304bae8d7b8592a77bb49f73a

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on June 05, 2013
at 05:19 PM

I quite enjoy pink himalyan sea salt.... I feel like I am getting extra nutirents with my salt.

In "It Starts With Food" (The Whole30 Paleo book) it states Salt is OK and that you should switch between sea salt and table salt because table salt is a really good source of iodine that we tend to not get from anywhere else.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on June 05, 2013
at 06:54 PM

I would take seafood as a source of iodine over table salt any day.

6a887d4304bae8d7b8592a77bb49f73a

(110)

on June 06, 2013
at 04:30 PM

Agreed, but not matter how much *i myself* try to like it, I hate seafood.

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on June 05, 2013
at 04:35 PM

I agree with the above. Salt is wrongfully maligned in modern nutrition. I eat about 3 teaspoons of sea salt a day and feel no ill effects. My blood pressure remains on the low side. It makes me feel better.

Salt it up, yo. Just make sure it's sea salt, none of that refined, iodized with additives crap.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on June 05, 2013
at 08:12 PM

i'm the same. I use a few teaspoons a day as well. my bp has been so low- usually 82/48 so I can't imagine how much worse it would be if I didn't eat salt.

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