Archive for the ‘salt’ Category

Put A Little Spice in Your Life

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Do you know that adding spices to your food makes it more flavorful without adding any fat, salt or sugar. Many spices also contain various disease-fighting phytonutrients.

For example allspice, cinnamon, and cloves have much more antioxidant power than blueberries. Researchers at the University of Georgia found after analyzing 24 spices that most of them neutralized inflammatory substances that may lead to heart disease.

TUMERIC

May control or prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer.

SAGE

May improve brain performance

CINNAMON

May help manage or prevent diabetes. Just a half-teaspoon a day for 40 days may reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels by 25 percent.

CHILI PEPPER

Possibly help with weight control by boosting metabolism and suppressing appetite.

From Consumer Reports on Health

Salt vs. Salt

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Yes, there is a difference between table salt and sea salt. Table salt is sodium chloride whereas sea salt is 97 percent minerals. There is very little sodium in sea salt.

Why sea salt? It has to do with the lymph system. There are millions and millions of miles of lymph in your body. Without keeping the lymph moving sickness occurs. The lymph is made of salt water and without adequate sea salt and enough water your lymph gets sluggish and your health declines.

The only way to keep the lymph system healthy is exercise, water and sea salt. Table salt is dangerous. The anti-caking agent in salt is aluminum – which our bodies don’t need. Sea salt on the other hand is loaded with needed minerals for the body. Dr. Steve Nelson recommends a teaspoon of sea salt every day.

Another Sad Tale

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

In the 1960s India was struggling to feed its people. America came to the “rescue” by developing high yielding wheat varieties for Punjab. By 1970 the new seed nearly tripled farmers’ production. As long as there was plenty of water and synthetic fertilizer and little competition from weeds and insects the yield was fantastic. The Indian government subsidized canals, fertilizer and the drilling of tube wells for irrigation.

Today the yield in Punjab has flattened since the mid 1990s. Over irrigation has led to steep drops in the water table. Thousands of acres of land have been lost to salinization and waterlogged soil.

Today the water is contaminated and poisonous yet people drink it and die of cancer. Researchers have found pesticides in the Punjabi farmers’ blood, their water table, their vegetables and even their wife’s breast milk.

The “rescue” of Punjab kept millions from starving to death only to die of cancer. Sometimes a quick fix is not the answer.

Read the rest of the story in “The End of Plenty”, National Geographic, June 2009

 

Too Much Salt?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

It is estimated that 80 percent of our US sodium consumption comes from packaged foods. The current level is 2300mg of sodium (table salt) a day as set in 2005 guidelines. About 29 percent of Americans with high blood pressure have already been advised to cut their intake to a maximum of 1500mg.

The health impacts of excessive salt consumption have been well-researched. High blood pressure, heart disease and stroke are common effects. Read the labels when buying packaged foods. The American Heart Association and the Center for Disease Control want the food manufacturers to lower the salt content by 50 percent over the next 10 years.

Our current recommendation of 2300mg of sodium a day is the equivalent to about six grams or one teaspoon of salt. It is estimated that the average American consumes about 10 grams of salt a day.

And I would add: why not switch to sea salt?

Read the whole article in www.foodqualitynews.com, March 27, 2009