Let’s Talk Salt
Probably 9 out of 10 people you talk to have been either told by their doctor or have read somewhere, to cut down on their salt intake.
Well here I go again, bucking the system. But, let me first state that I am not telling you to go against what your doctor has told you, so please do not use this information as medical advice. This is just for your information.
So why talk about salt? To me salt goes right along with the importance of water. It is a vital nutrient. It’s a major component of extracellular fluid and it is essential for the health of the body. Salt has been the subject of controversy for a good many years. And as usual, I want to give you, as Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story.”
Salt is intricately linked in the development of human civilization. The human obsession with salt has spanned thousands of years of human history. Nearly every society in existence has some level of salt use not only in what they eat, but also in medicine, politics, economics and even their religious practices.
Salt in the Bible is mentioned more than 30 times and was a symbol of the covenant between God and the ancient Hebrews.
As far back as 6050 BC, salt has been an important and integral part of the world’s history, as it has been interwoven into countless civilizations. Used as a part of Egyptian religious offerings and valuable trade between the Phoenicians and their Mediterranean empire, salt and history have been inextricably intertwined for millennia, with great importance placed on salt by many different cultures. Even today, the history of salt touches our daily lives. The word “salary” was derived from the word “salt.” Salt was highly valued and its production was legally restricted in ancient times, so it was historically used as a method of trade and currency. The word “salad” also originated from “salt,” and began with the early Romans salting their leafy greens and vegetables. Undeniably, the history of salt is both broad and unique, leaving its indelible mark in cultures across the globe.
Salt is an essential element in the diet of not only humans but of animals, and even of many plants. It is one of the most effective and most widely used of all food preservatives. Its’ industrial and other uses are almost without number.
So in the next few Lu’s Views I will be talking about the benefits and the controversy surrounding this most important nutrient.
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