"Whether you're soaking in sea salt or smearing it on the surface of the skin, it's going to speak to the skin in a healing way," says Stavroulakis. To find out more about the therapeutic benefits of sea salts, just keep reading.
Interesting that Vanessa is dashing her dishes with Himalayan salt, but it leaves one curious if this flavor enhancer offers more than regular ol' table salt. According to Dr. Barbara Hendel, the coauthor of Water and Salt: The Essence of Life, Himalayan crystal salt is pure, natural, and contains elements found in the ocean. Table salt, on the other hand, is made of only two elements — sodium chloride — and other substances to keep it from clumping in the salt shaker. Himalayan salt contains many minerals, similar to those found in the human body. "The [Himalayan] salt accomplishes many things throughout our bodies . . . It's not only sodium and chloride. It's about 84 minerals in this salt," says Dr. Hendel.
When asked why salt is refined, she explains that 97 percent of all the salt produced is for industry purposes, not for health or cooking purposes — so don't be shy of the chunky salt crystals! You can pick some up at Trader Joe's for less than $5 to see if it adds more than just flavor to your meals. If you're curious about sea salt, learn how it differs from table salt here. Just be sure to take all of this info with a grain of salt — pun intended.
Trend analysts at research firm Mintel believe sea salt, which is known among culinary professionals for being flakier, crunchier, and larger in surface area than its table salt stepsister, "has the potential to grow as fast as low-carb did."
Campbell's, Whole Foods, and Target's Archer Farms all proudly offer products with sea salt on the ingredient label, be it in soups, chips, or sweets.
Wendy's is the latest to join the club, announcing it'll overhaul its fries for the first time in 41 years with a new sea salt-seasoned version, out in all its stores by the end of next week. Its explanation for the addition? "There's a halo around [sea salt]. People associate it with good, natural things." What do you think of the craze? Do you find the trend worth its salt?
When FabSugar and I came up with the idea to host a Bedazzling party, I knew the menu would have to include dishes that sparkle with flaky chunks of fleur de sel. Since the party is on a Sunday afternoon, the menu consists of three light, simple nibbles. While waiting their turn to use the Bedazzler, guests can enjoy salt-roasted shrimp with scampi dip. Crisp mushroom and blue cheese crackers glisten with tiny salt crystals. Fab requested a dish with roasted beets, with their rhinestone-like vibrant color, so I'll serve them on crostini with fresh burrata cheese. If these dishes sound enticing, wait till you look at the recipes! Do so and read more
You're asking and I'm answering . . .
"I usually use sea salt because I thought it was healthier but now I am reading that it's not — I thought it had less sodium or something. It's way more expensive than regular salt, so should I switch back?"
- Salty Sara
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You often hear how salt is bad for you and that you should avoid it as much as possible. It is true that eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure, which can in turn; triple your risk of developing heart disease.
What is the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of salt? The Food Standards Agency says you should eat no more than 6 grams of salt a day.
6 grams of salt is about a teaspoon or 2,300 mg of sodium. That is not a lot considering that 75% of that amount is already in the everyday foods we eat (not including the salt we add).
If you haven't had your blood pressure checked recently - you should, just to make sure. It is heart health month, after all.
If it's high, you can help to lower it by decreasing your salt intake. Want to know how? Then read more