What type of salt do you use?

India
September 1, 2009 7:12am CST
Friends, there is much talk about salt not being good for you. Do you use salt? Do you use table salt? Or do you use sea salt? Or perhaps rock salt? How exactly is it bad for you? I use Himalayan salt, I get it in big pink crystals and then my lovely maid has the task of grinding it into a fine powder using an old fashioned stone grinder. It takes her about 5 minutes to do, but me about half an hour!
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@aprces (1082)
• China
1 Sep 09
It turns out that there has so many different salt in the world I think what we usually use is table salt which is manmade;sea salt is natural,Yeah?But I don't know about rock salt,is it edible?Maybe it can only be used into ornamental,Yeah?
• India
1 Sep 09
Hi there Aprces, thanks for responding! Yes thats right, sea salt is natural, but so is rock salt. My rock salt comes from the Himalayan mountains in India. It comes in small pieces which I then have to grind into a powder, it's very good for you, and is definitely edible! You should try some, it's very nice, I'm sure it's available in your China too!
@aprces (1082)
• China
1 Sep 09
Himalayan doesn't belong to China?When to start?
• India
4 Sep 09
No what I meant is that Himalayan salt must be exported to China from India. Its exported all over the world . If you can't get Himalayan salt then don't worry, there must be equally good rock salt available from China itself, something from the Chinese ground. But sea salt is still very good. Try to avoid table salt....it really doesn't have much goodness in it and has alot of ahrmful chemicals in it.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
1 Sep 09
you have a MAID? WOW! I don't have much trouble with salt, but I'm not much of a salt user, and my blood pressure is good. I use plain old salt because I mostly use it to cook with, there are a few things I like with salt, but I can probably count them on both hands, maybe one...
• India
4 Sep 09
Hi there Elicbxn, good to heat that you hardly use salt, way to go! Try and use natural salts when you do though. As normal salt has all the nutrients destroyed in the processing, and lots of toxic chemicals are added to it to make it white, free flowing/anti caking.
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• India
4 Sep 09
Oh yes, my maid or home help is great, thank God for these small luxuries in India.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Sep 09
I guess I just can't see the expense of the "gourmet" salts - heck, I don't even get gourmet foods or anything... oh, and I'm someone else's home health aide here, but she doesn't expect me to grind salt... or even pepper - she did that (good thing because I'm allergic to pepper)
@mrshughes (352)
• Philippines
2 Sep 09
I like using iodised salt for my cooking. Almost everything nowadays..have bad side effects in our body...from old products to the new one...people talking about it all the time. I think more on how i can make the food taste better and not thinking about side effects.
• India
4 Sep 09
Yes it can be very confusing. But I will suggest to use as many natural things as possible, natural is always the best. Iodized salt contains alot of chemical and additives which as toxic, they are used to make it white and free flowing. The refining process also destroys all the good minerals in the salt. Natural salts have not been tampered with and therefore are pure and contain many good minerals. Best of luck.
• Philippines
8 Sep 09
Thank u for the great information. Yes i agree with u...you are right.
@UK_Shree (3604)
1 Sep 09
I did not know that one salt could be any better for you than the other. I always use table salt for cooking but I have heard that sea salt does taste very nice. I have never tried sea salt so I don't know whether it tastes any better than regualr table salt, but I have no idea that it is better for anyones health.
• India
4 Sep 09
Shree normal table salt or iodized salt contains toxic chemicals which have been added to make the salt white and free flowing. It also contains additives. Also the refining process destroys all the vital minerals. Natural salts like sea salt or rock salt are pure and will be a little coloured and be loaded with minerals.....go for these, you can them pre-ground. And yes they taste wonderful....mother nature!
@UK_Shree (3604)
7 Sep 09
Thanks a lot for sharing this information. Like I said, I wasn't aware of this before so this info is really very useful.
@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
1 Sep 09
Hi dear! We do not use rock salt because it needs to be grinded and we are always short of time......LOL!We normally use Tata salt, which I suppose is sea salt and we have been using it for years together. It is better to restrict salt's intake for the goodness of our health, I believe.
• India
4 Sep 09
Hi Deepak, please don't use these prepackaged salts, as they have been refined and processed. This means all the minerals (bar one) have been destroyed. Also toxic chemicals have been added to make it white and free flowing. In the west people of the modern generation hardly use it, as it really isn't good. Stick to natural unrefined salts....you can also get them prepowdered. For iodine many other foods are available for this...God bless
@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
7 Sep 09
Hi Sri! I can understand your point, will try to get the powdered rock salt, if I could.
• India
2 Sep 09
we use branded Salt Tata salt with iodine
• India
4 Sep 09
Branded iodized salt are known to have toxic chemicals and additives added to make it white and free flowing. The refining process also destroys all the natural minerals found in pure salt. For iodine you can eat eggs, fish and milk products. Many people have stopped eating iodized salt in the west. Natural foods are always the best. Hope you find this helpful.
@marctiu (830)
• Philippines
2 Sep 09
I like to use Iodize salt. I can be certified that it is safe to use and being fortified give me the nutrients that my body needs. Too much salt is bad for our health.
• India
4 Sep 09
In the west, more and more people are using Natural salts such as rock and sea. iodized salt has many toxic chemicals added to it to make it white and free flowing. The refining process all destroys all the essential minerals natural found in pure salt. Iodine can be found in eggs, fish and milk products. In the west it's a myth now that iodized salt is the best, it is seen as the worst. In my personal opinion natural foods are always the best too.
• Philippines
2 Sep 09
I do only know about two kinds of salt. The rock salt and the fine iodized salt. Health wise, the fine iodized salt is best and it's almost the kind of salt being used in every household in the Philippines. Although I know there are still some people using rock salt because it is cheaper in the market.
• India
4 Sep 09
In the west, more and more people are using NATURAL rock and sea salt. The fact that Iodized salt is the best is a myth as it contains alot of toxic chemicals and additives to make it white and free flowing. The refining process also destroys all the good minerals in pure salt. Natural rock and sea salt s pure and has all the good minerals in it still. For iodine content you can use eggs, milk, and fish. Natural foods are always better. Best of luck.
@janebeth (2034)
• Philippines
2 Sep 09
hi there, i just don't know this thing, i thought there are only 2 salts in the world.. but then they are plenty of them in the whole wide world.. thank you for this topic and now i learned a lot of salts.. i used iodized salt.! janebeth.
• India
4 Sep 09
Hi Janebeth, I'm glad that you have found this topic helpful. Iodized salt uses alot of toxic chemicals and additives to make it white and free flowing. Also the refining process destroys all the minerals in salt. Please try and use natural salts such as ROCK or SEA salt. They can be purchased pre-ground to make life easier. For iodine you can eat other foods such as eggs, fish, and milk products. Best of luck!
1 Sep 09
Hi sritrinity, Ho nice to have your own maid, wish I had one, I normally just have table salt and don't believe anything about salt being not good for you, you need certain amount of salt in your body but not too much, as you sweat, you are loosing salt from your body so you need to replace it, only a small amout, beside in most food today, the are salt in them. Tamara
• India
4 Sep 09
Hi Tamara, yes the maid is a god send! Tamara yes I use some salt is good for you too. But please use natural salt such as sea or rock. As the table salt has had toxic chemicals added to it to make it white and free flowing, also the processing has destroyed all the healthy minerals found in naturally occurring salt. Rock or sea salt tastes great and is untampered and you can even buy it pre-ground. try it!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
1 Sep 09
Hi sritrinity! I don't really use salt much at all. It is really bad for my health. I have high blood pressure and it has been many years since I have stopped using salt for cooking or for even adding to my food at the table! I just use regular idodized table salt for company if they want to use any to add to their food. My boyfriend uses alot of salt so I always have it in the shaker for the table. I am very careful of buying already prepared foods with high sodium counts too!
• India
4 Sep 09
Good to hear that you stay away from salt as you have high blood pressure. tell your boyfriend to use natural salts such as sea or rock as this processed table salt has toxic chemicals added to it to make it white and free flowing. Natural slats can be found pre-ground too and they are very tasty.
• India
1 Sep 09
Hi There, we do use salt at our home. Mostly this salt is from reputed company such as TATA salt. It is one of the longest ever brand in salt for us in India.
• India
4 Sep 09
Hi there Sunstar, much research in the west now shows that these prepackaged iodized salts are not good as they contain toxic chemicals and additives to make it white and free flowing. Its best to use natural salts such as sea or rock, they will be slightly coloured. You can also find them in pre powdered forms. Nowadays int he new generation no one uses iodized salt int he west now.
• Philippines
1 Sep 09
I used commercialized fine grain salt with iodized or iron fortified. It is easily to put whole cooking or mixing with salad. as a sprinkler in the dishes..
• India
4 Sep 09
Hi there, please don't use these prepackaged, commercialised, iodized or fortified salts. Much research has shown these salts to contain toxic chemicals to make it white and free flowing. Also the refining process destroys all the vital minerals found in natural salts. Go for natural sea salt or rock salt. They can be purchased in the powder form. For iodine, it's better to eat foods such as eggs, fish milk,cheese, yogurt as they will give enough iodine.
• United States
1 Sep 09
Salt raises your blood pressure, which can cause strokes and heart attacks. I use sea salt. It taste the same as table salt. You just have to grind it instead of sprinkling it on your food.
• India
4 Sep 09
Glad to hear you use sea salt....natural is always the best, and you can get it pre-ground nowadays too! Welcome to Mylot!
@derek_a (10902)
1 Sep 09
We rarely use salt, but when we do we use sea-salt. I have read that sea-salt is better than other salts, but I don't know how correct that is. Your Himalayan salt sounds very interesting, and I imagine that it is better for your health, I think I would find a problem in having to grind it down every time. - Derek
• India
4 Sep 09
I've just checked Himalayan salt seems to be classified as sea salt too. Its 250 million years old apparently and is hand mined.LOL. If you want to try it, you can get it pre ground too, I just love the colour of the crystals and enjoy the freshness of it all.
@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
1 Sep 09
what is that himalayan salt. does it really come from the himalayas. where do you buy that. i love anything that is unique. hmm. i would love to buy that too. have not heard of any pink salt. i would be happy to boast it around here if i get to buy one. anyways, yes salt has been blamed for many diseases. and it is good to limit our salt intake. i used to buy every time table salt. but since the government a decade ago promoted iodized salt to prevent some disease i rarely use now this table salt. but from time to time i still use it though. but i am not more used to iodized salt. before i don't like the taste of iodized salt. but now i have adopted to its taste and i like it now better than any salt around. but i still avoid using salt and i avoid any food that has too much salt like junk foods and fast food burgers and etc.
• India
4 Sep 09
Himalayan salt is salt that has been mined from the foothills of the Himalaya mountains in Asia. It's very tasty and healthy as it is buzzing with freshness and minerals. Table or iodized salt has been treated with toxic chemicals to make it white and free flowing. Also the processing makes it loose all its goodness and nutrients. For iodine it is better to take other foods such as eggs, sea kelp, cheese, yogurt and milk. Himalayan salt is exported all over the world, you will probably be able to find it in some health or organic shop where you live. If you can't get any himalayan salt then please use some other type of natural salt available in your area...like rock or sea salt.
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
1 Sep 09
Since I have high blood pressure I am not supposed to have salt. Salt makes you retain fluids and is not good for your arteries. Many processed foods have more salt in them than we need. The normal amount for salt intake in a day is 1400 mg. Some fast food, or ham, and other foods have twice that much. Recently some companies have redesigned their foods by cutting down the amount of salt used in preparation or by going to sea salt which is healthier than table salt. Anyone who has a history of blood pressure problems or heart disease should not have salt in their diets. Salt occurs naturally in many things, we dont need to add more. Of course many of us think our food it made tastier by adding salt to it. I had to learn to eat food without salt many years ago. It took a while to get used to it, but I don't miss it and when I eat something over salted I hate it.I would rather not use it at all, but since I live with my daughter and her family, she buys mostly cheap foods which have salt.
• India
4 Sep 09
Very happy to hear that you have successfully given up salt with that high blood pressure...good for you, as many can't do it and just keep eating it regardless! perhaps your daughter may stop eating it one day too...probably not....but recommend that she use natural salt (rock or sea) as the normal stuff if full of toxic chemicals that they add to make it white and free flowing.
@divkris (1163)
• India
1 Sep 09
Anything in excess is not good - may be that is why people say salt is not good when taken in excess quantity! We use table salt at home and when we go to our native (a village turned city) they add rock salt which gives a differnt flavor to the food. Salt is one of the main ingredients in our food but excess of salt evaporates the water content in our body leading to dehydration. May be this is why people advice not to take excess quantity of salt.
• India
4 Sep 09
Divkris please try not to use Table or iodized salt. It's not good as it has been processed and many harmful chemicals have been added to keep it free flowing and white. Rock salt rocks!
@mymelodake (1339)
• Philippines
1 Sep 09
Hmmm, for people with high blood pressure like my dad for example, he is not allowed (or mostly not allowed, he's allowed a little bit heheh) to eat salty food. For those who are trying to lose weight, they are advised not to use much because it can lead to water retention. But, I think salt used sensibly and in proper moderation is good for healthy people. At home, we use both rock salt and iodized salt.
• India
4 Sep 09
Please try to use natural salts like rock or sea, as iodized salt has been refined and alot of chemicals have been added to it which are toxic. In the refining process all but one mineral is saved, the rest are all destroyed. For iodine please eat other foods.
@rsa101 (15621)
• Quezon City, Philippines
28 Aug
It is kind of expensive to buy it and very rare to get one. It usually is sold in specialty store and not in regular stores in my place. What we usually use are the commercial rock salts or at times the iodized salts that are commonly available salts in the market.