Our body needs salt. Actually, our adult body requires 1.5 g of salt per day. In Canada however, prepared foods contain an unbelievable amount of salt – worst than in many countries!
A recent survey led by the World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) shows that many restaurant foods and prepared foods contain much more salt than the same item in another country.
Sometimes, it is even hidden in products you would not expect!
For example, in 100 g of “All Bran” cereal in Canada you ingest 2,153 mg of salt. If you cross the border to the US to purchase your “All Bran”, you will only ingest 0.645 mg of salt! Within that list of foods, Canada is not always in the worst position but is usually in the top most salted.
This is explained by the fact that food producers adjust salt quantity according to local preferences. However, all it takes is for Canadians to get into the habit of using less salt! Once you know the health hazards associated with table salt, the choice becomes obvious.
A new meta-analysis on salt intake, strokes and cardiovascular diseases clearly shows how vital the issue is: a decrease of 5 g of salt per day is associated with a 23% reduction of strokes and a 17% reduction of cardiovascular diseases. The guilty party in salt is sodium chloride. It causes water retention, and that can cause blood pressure to increase. Regular table salt is highly refined, iodized, chemically cleansed and unfriendly to the human body. It is composed of 99.9% sodium chloride and 0.1% additives such as aluminum and sugar.
Sea salt, on the other hand, is a naturally occurring complex of sodium chloride (84%) and major minerals such as calcium and magnesium and over 80 essential trace minerals. These minerals are known for their great health benefits: calcium prevents osteoporosis; magnesium is beneficial to your heart; enzymes need trace minerals in order to function. The human body is designed to utilize natural sea salt.
The question is, how do we choose the right salt, reduce our daily intake and still enjoy our food?
An easy and tasty solution is Herbamare®. Herbamare is the result of Alfred Vogel’s sense for optimal health. A small amount of salt as well as regular iodine intake are necessary for our health. Salt also preserves food. By combining 12 vegetables and herbs with kelp and sea salt, we have developed the perfect formula... Herbamare!
Herbamare is made with sea salt which has been rinsed to remove impurities, kelp, organic vegetables and herbs. The fresh vegetables are immediately washed, chopped and mixed with sea salt to avoid naturally occurring degradation and oxidation. It does not contain any anticaking agents or other additives. The finished product still contains the aromatic and nutrional qualities of the vegetables and herbs, and is a very tasty way of seasoning our meals... with less sodium!
Thanks to its tastefulness, you do not need to use as much as regular table salt for a succulent meal.
World Action on Salt and Health (WASH)
Pasquale Strazzullo et al. Salt intake, stroke, and cardiovascular disease: meta-analysis ofprospective studies. BMJ 2009;339:b4567