Types of Healthy Salts You Should Be Eating Throughout the Year

Posted: 6 Apr, 2021 Contributor: Rashi Chaudhary

Salt is one of the most popular ingredients of the kitchen, playing a significant role in our diet. It has the power to enhance the flavours of a dish and take it to the next level. If used in the right proportion, this essential cooking ingredient can make your dish more savory, but if you add too much of it, it can make the dish unpalatable, completely ruining its taste.

We simply can’t imagine our life without this basic ingredient that changes the cooking experience by bringing out the flavour in food. Without this key ingredient, food can taste bland and boring. There are varieties of salts available in the market that you should know about.

Today, we will be talking about such common yet healthy salt options that should be in the shopping cart on your next visit to the supermarket, beside table salt, which is used in all Indian cuisine.

Here we go!

Himalayan Pink Salt

Popularly known by its local name “Sendha Namak”, Himalayan pink salt is one of the best types of rock salt, having a pinkish tint and known for its immense health benefits. It is widely used in Navratri recipes all over India because it doesn’t have any chemicals in it, thus it is considered the purest salt out of all. However, this salt is still underrated, with many people not using it in everyday cooking.  it tastes wonderful in Indian recipes like dal, sambhar or soups.

All things considered, given below are some reasons that can compel you to include this nourishing flavouring agent in your daily diet:

●        It helps the body to cool down

●        It promotes digestion

●        It helps in weight management by curbing cravings

●        It maintains the pH balance of the body

●        It flushes out toxins from the body

●        It rejuvenates the skin and gives it a shining texture

Kosher Salt

Kosher salt grains are consistent in size, therefore, it is easy to pinch while cooking. For this reason, it is best used for seasoning or as a finishing salt. It has a more intense and salty taste than common salt, lends a crunchy taste, dissolves quickly, and is free from any additives like iodine.

If you want to cut down your sodium intake, kosher salt is highly recommended due to its low sodium levels. The best part is that Kosher salt tastes similar to regular salt once cooked, so you won’t notice any major difference in the food. You can add it to pasta or sprinkle over salads or vegetables.

Here are some top reasons that prove kosher salt the perfect partner in your kitchen:

●        It balances muscle contractions

●        It aids in digestion

●        It helps regulate the electrolyte balance of the body

●        Maintains healthy blood cells & blood vessels

Black Salt, aka Kala Namak

I am sure most of you have eaten guava rubbed with black salt at least once in your lifetime. Black salt is yet another type of rock salt mined in the Himalayan region. It is the best companion for deep-fried snacks, too, which is why it is one of the magical ingredients that can be easily found in every household. It adds a distinctive flavour to food and is good for people with high blood pressure due to its lower sodium levels.

It is said to solve the following health issues:

●        Bloating

●        Constipation

●        Provide relief from stomach cramps

●        Heartburn

●        Acidity

Sea Salt

Sea salt is obtained naturally from seawater. It tastes better sprinkled over salads and bread than in cooking because it does not dissolve easily. However, it does give a more distinctive flavour to the food than ordinary table salt, therefore, you can add it to your day-to-day cooking.

Here’s why you should incorporate this nutrient and mineral-packed salt in your diet:         

●        Keeps you hydrated

●        Reduce muscle cramps

●        Promotes blemish-free skin

●        Prevents digestive issues

●        Helps in strengthening the immune system

Fleur De Sel Salt

Adding a pinch of Fleur De Sel salt just before serving the dishes like salads, vegetables, soups, fruits, or even desserts can add an impressive dash of flavour. This salt is derived from the sea and melts slowly on the tongue, giving a delicious crunchy taste. It is slightly more expensive than other healthy salts in the market, but it serves the following benefits.

●        Regulates water content in the body

●        Promotes bone strength

●        Regulate sleep cycle

●        Boost energy

●        Supports digestive heal

Final Thoughts

Discover the salts which suit your taste buds and health goals and incorporate them into your regular cooking. Your body needs a certain amount of sodium to function properly, so make sure that you are consuming the right amount. Excessive consumption is potentially harmful and can lead to developing the risk of high blood pressure. A lack of salt can have other adverse effects. In case you have any concerns or queries, consult your nearby nutritionist to avoid any risk. You can also give a shot to OMKITCHEN to get the best organic meals in town, made with fresh organic ingredients you and your body will love, and without extra oil, salts, or spices.

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