SALT 101: what you need to know about the salty stuff…
The salt debate is a heated one. On one side you have the anti-salt campaigners who claim that the recommended daily salt consumption causes high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease, while on the flip side there are those who claim that salt has been given a bad name and that a salt deficiency will lead to a different kind of health crisis.
Who’s Your? asked three of Australia’s leading experts to share their views on salt…eating it, breathing it and balancing it.
Here are a few facts to take with a grain of salt…
- Roman soldiers were sometimes paid in salt, which is where the word ‘salary’ comes from.
- Every cell in the body contains salt. An adult contains about 250 grams, equivalent to a box of Maldon Salt.
- Salt can help remove red wine stains, but there are no guarantees with whites of course!
- Only 6% of all salt manufactured goes into food. We use salt in more than 14,000 different ways from the making of products as varied as plastic, paper, glass, polyester, rubber and fertilisers to household bleach, soaps, detergents and dyes.
- In the Middle Ages, salt was so expensive it was sometimes referred to as ‘white gold.