While studying for a technics test, one of my boys asked me if I knew that the root of the word salary was “salarium” which is receive from “sal” or salt. He show that Roman warriors were once paid in salt. Why, he asked, was salt good sufficient to be somebody’s hard-earned paycheck back then, yet is think such a bad now?
I show that salt itself isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it is important for life, one of the body’s basic elements and most important electrolytes. Our bodies need it to:
– Growth hydration by allowing water into cells.
– Help the intestines absorb nutrients.
– Prevent muscle cramping.
– Keep joints limber.
– Control blood pressure and stabilize the heartbeat.
– Increase communication between nerve cells and the brain.
– Support the proper breakdown of complex carbohydrates and proteins into useful food.
Also, before refrigerators and freezers, salting was one of the few ways to defend food.
On the downside, adults generally consume 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day, which is 50 percent more than the recommended maximum amount of 2,300 milligrams (about a teaspoon), and 9 in 10 children consume more sodium than is recommended.
Flavor: Salt decrease the bitterness of some foods so other flavors can shine through. Sea salt brands may have a sweeter or more earthy flavor than the more stiff table salt.
There are fewer federal regulations for sea salt than table salt, so many products labeled “sea salt” are not the real deal; they probably stripped of trace minerals or may include ingredients other than salt.