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How much salt do you need

Updated on January 23, 2015

Eating too much of salt causes hypertension

 Eat salt just enough to taste
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Purpose of research

I have done this little research to tell the difference and similarities between sea salt and table salt, know how they are made and what benefits they bring to our health.

Sea salt vs table salt differentiated

Sea salt are made from seawater through evaporation. Table salt is mined from mineral deposits. Both can be refined to produce pure sodium chloride. Table salt often contains added iodine for normal thyroid function. This kind of table salt is called iodized salt

Sea salt has slightly different taste from table salt because of different minerals it contains. Research findings tell lots of people prefer sea salt to table salt because they claim it has more subtle flavor. Sea salt contains no iodine or other additives but users are advised not to worry because iodine is available in sea foods, dairy products, processed foods and many other foods.

Sodium may be the number one cause of hypertension

According to Dr. George Abikoya some persons like blacks and the elderly are sensitive to salt than others. The truth is sodium in salt may actually be the number one cause of hypertension.

Let's listen to these studies. The Eskimos, most of New Ginea inhabitants, the Solomon island tribes and the Australian aborigines report zero incidence of high blood pressure. Why? There people were reported to be consuming less than 0.5 grams of salt per day. They consumed very little salt.

Whereas, the Lau tribesmen in the Solomon Islands have higher than normal blood pressure. Normal blood pressure is 120/80. From tradition they cooked their vegetables in seawater. Thus their sodium intake read 20 grams of salt per day.

The farmers of Northern Japan preserve their food with salt and eat an average of 30 grams of salt per day. Result: 60% of these farmers have hypertension, Stroke are the common cause of death there.

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      nick071438 3 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Angus, thanks for the advice and visit. Appreciated!