Salt sweetens and gives taste to our meals but with that deliciousness comes a number of health concerns. While the common table salt contains some amount of minerals like iodine, sodium, chloride [and so on] which are beneficial to one‘s health, the possibility of it (that is the salt) when taken excessively increasing the risk of high blood pressure, kidney dysfunction, gastric cancer should make one use (it) with caution. Though it is often posited that all salts are similar, I will like to stress the fact that there are better [and healthcare] choices than the regular table salt most of us have in the kitchen - however, this does not warrant that you take salt (irrespective of the type) excessively. So, here and now, in this article, I shall be hinting on some other varieties of salt you can look out for whenever you visit the grocery store.
- Pink Himalayan salt: Well, in case you are yet to take note: not all salts are white, and the pink Himalayan salt is a credible proof. The pink Himalayan salt has sodium chloride as its major constituent and it is sourced from rocks found within the Punjab region of Pakistan. Though it does with many health benefits. More so, you will not need to add as much (pink salt) as you might have when using table salt to sweeten your meal.
- Red Hawaiian Salt: The Red Hawaiian salt is indeed a healthy salt that should not be missing from your kitchen. For one, it contains less sodium - by the way; it is expedient to let you know that sodium (in high concentration) can raise the probability of one suffering high blood pressure. Besides this, the red salt, which is also known as Alaea contains numerous minerals among which are magnesium and potassium - two mineral elements that are valuable in the regulation of blood pressure, maintenance of nerve function and some other metabolic functions. The Red Hawaiian salt also has rich iron content which can aid in regulating body temperature, maintenance of gastrointestinal processes and boost the immune system functioning amongst other benefits.
- Celtic Sea salt (Grey salt): The Celtic sea salt is loaded with many salty goodness minerals, I meant to say. It has got an appreciable amount of iodine, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, calcium and zinc. So, besides adding taste and flavour to your meal, the grey salt also does your body system a whole lot of good. It is sourced from the Atlantic coast of France with the clay lining of salt ponds imparting its (grey) colour.
- Kosher salt: Kosher salt is another variety that comes out in a considerably pure form - without any additive; it does not contain Iodine. Sodium chloride is the main constituent of this salt. Its grains are usually flaky and coarse, it is known to give a distinctive and appetizing flavour.
- Fleur de sel: I will like to wrap this write-up off with this very special one which is known to be the most expensive salt in the world. Just to let you know, the Fleur de sel, which literally translates to ‘flower of salt‘, is not a general-purpose salt as it is a finishing salt - it is used for garnishing foods as well as some other edibles like caramel, chocolates, and candies and gives off a very strong flavour.