British Heart Foundation
DETRIMENTAL IMPACT of table salt on health
When it comes to edible or table salt, the so-called sodium chloride, the biggest misconception is that it is a natural product required for the proper functioning of our bodies. On the other hand, the product in question is an artificial one that consists of only two chemical elements: sodium and chlorine which our bodies require only minimal quantities of, but that is, through modern diet, excessively consumed to the point that our bodies cannot process them properly, so that a single substance besides radiation; tobacco; and narcotics can lead to majority of severe and often permanent medical disorders.
CHLORIDE is a compound composed of chlorine, an inorganic substance that is poisonous at higher concentrations. The most commonly known applications of chlorine are: in disinfection of pool water (as it kills all microorganisms in the water); as essential constituent of chemical weapons (the most significant poisonous gas in World War I); as an insecticide used in agricultural production (protects plants by killing insects); as a bleaching agent for paper and fabric (removes natural colours from materials).
SODIUM a primary component of table salt thus making it harmful to our health. Most foods contain enough of it, so that additional intake through table salt is unnecessary. As an example we can consider the fact that we consume the daily amount of sodium needed through two average slices, or 90g, of bread (which is enough for one serving) and anything more than that can be considered as excessive and very harmful.
Recommendations made by World Health Organization (WHO) suggest that to function properly. An adult male should consume 0.5g of sodium per day, i.e. a maximum of 3.9g of table salt, while most scientists claim that the body can process anything from 2g to 3.5g of table salt per day. The problem arises because this limit is usually exceeded, and through its’ daily diet an average person ends up consuming 20-25 times more table salt than needed, which results in an excess amount that cannot be absorbed (i.e. processed and used) or excreted, which can further result in deposition of harmful compounds and lead to: serious health issues; permanent illnesses and premature death..
Over 90% of excess sodium in the body comes from table salt that is consumed through various industrial products or home-cooked foods.
Sodium and chlorine are minerals without which the human body would not be able to exist. Proper functioning of all physiological and biological processes depends on sodium which every cell of our body contains, besides chlorine which has its’ own significant role.
However, through evolution, the human body has become accustomed to just the right amount of sodium which is usually present in all foodstuffs, and when, due to changes in our diet, we started to consume larger or rather significantly larger amounts of it, it affected our health catastrophically. A similar situation has occurred with regards to chlorine as well which is to a certain extent being put aside when it comes to dangerous effects of table salt, but which is also very harmful when it is found beyond naturally regulated required quantities.
Table salt is created when basic salt that contains 84 minerals is refined and certain components are separated for industrial purposes. Table salt is formed at the end of the refining process and at a point when we are left only with the two previously mentioned ingredients. For the taste of table salt, to be more acceptable, and to partially mitigate its harmful chemical structure, many countries around the world are required by law to sell this product together with a third element: iodine.
Bearing in mind that only 8% of table salt (sodium chloride) is used for human consumption, it is actually a product that is primarily produced for use in the non-food industry.
Seeing that it takes several tens of thousands of years in order for an organism to naturally and completely adapt to a whole new type of food, it is not unexpected to find that people are not accustomed to the table salt which has merely been used rather selectively (in a small part of the population) and in extremely limited quantities only for the past 2.5 thousand years, and widely and intensively just since the XX century.
Our need for salt is an acquired habit and not an innate one. Initially, table salt was used to aid in food preservation and later to conceal often unpleasant flavors that arose from limited selection or poor quality of food, so that over time it became a force of habit.
Three factors play a vital role in noxiousness of table salt:
- Excessive QUANTITY of food consumed.
- FORM that the table salt is in.
In nature, only plants have the ability to convert inorganic compounds into organic, and humans and animals are unable to efficiently absorb them. Therefore, when a certain amount of salt is consumed through vegetables or meat, a specific amount will be absorbed in its entirety, and any excess will be expelled. However, the body treats a compound in the form, such as the one that table salt is in as a foreign body, and so it absorbs only a small part of it, automatically retaining the rest and in doing so, causing complex health issues and fatal diseases.
- TECHNOLOGY behind its creation
In an industrial process in which minerals are extracted from salts, it is necessary to use admixtures to which salts are added, and to which the human body is also not accustomed. Aluminum is the most well-known example of a toxic metal that is used for salt to stay dry during treatment, and which is associated with the onset and a growing trend of multiple modern-day diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
One fairly important adverse effect of salt is a certain addictive effect that it has, otherwise typical for nicotine; alcohol; and narcotics, where its use increases the need for it. Salt has particularly harmful effects on children, seeing that their bodies are more sensitive and their tendency towards addiction is reasonable.
The harmful effect of salt can be compared to the use of (prescription) drugs, which, besides positive, always also have adverse effects, which are, at higher doses, mostly lethal.
Nations in which people still do not use table salt, diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and high blood pressure rarely occur or not at all.
When members of these nations - usually from developing, poor countries such as Africa; Asia; and South America - moved to an area where they adopted the "modern human diet", there was generally a sudden deterioration in their OVERALL HEALTH as well as an onset of previously mentioned diseases which was even higher than that in other nations. Since nutrition in such "backward areas" is almost always limited to a certain type and quantity of food, it was deemed that the wide range of food provided by "contemporary cuisine" would positively contribute to the health of these individuals, but the obtained results were contradictory. Reason for such results has been sought out in the structure and volume of numerous artificial compounds that are ubiquitous in nutrition, such as additives and preservatives.. and it has only recently been discovered that table salt is the most important amongst them, as it creates a complete imbalance in the body, from which - like the “domino effect” - most other diseases occur.
Seeing that table salt is one of the most important or rather key components in the food industry, laws that control its use are generally very liberal and it often happens that the manufacturers declare misleading information that does not indicate the amount of salt contained in the product, but instead only mention the sodium content which misguides consumers.
When sodium content is multiplied by 2.5 the obtained amount equals that of table salt, and should it, as well as its recommended allowances and the extent to which they are detrimental to our health, be known, most products that fall in the category of so-called savory (..as opposed to sweet or delicacy) would not be purchased, which would result in serious economic repercussions throughout various industries, which is, therefore, one of the reasons that trade-in table salt has not been restricted, as is the case with alcohol and tobacco.
There is evidence that table salt leads to premature death just as often as smoking does, and the difference being in that it is of vital interest for the global economy, and is therefore tacitly accepted as a necessary evil. In spite of this, through various programs, the World Health Organization (WHO) plans to, by the year 2020, impact the overall reduction in consumption of table salt by approximately 15%.
It is important to point out that there are no essential differences between table salt and other types of salts - that are marketed as being nutritious such as: sea salt; Himalayan; or potassium salt - since the amount of sodium consumed is still medically unacceptable and invalidates certain useful properties of these products. Chemical products that have started to appear on the market under the guise of "salt substitution", may be particularly dangerous since these compounds contain moderately reduced (not eliminated) the amount of sodium that is still harmful whilst artificial supplements are used as substitutes that have effects similar to those of common drugs: they solve one problem (in this case psychologically) and simultaneously cause another.
Table salt has the following harmful effects on human health:
- Causes headaches
- Potentiates onset of musculoskeletal disorders (predominantly: lower back and neck pain; rheumatism and arthritis)
- Promotes mental health disorders (mental illnesses such as depression; nervous tension; and insomnia)
- Leads to malignant diseases
- Elevates body mass as well as the tendency to gain weight
- Causes elevated or high blood pressure
- Induces and promotes risk and/or occurrence of diabetes
- Directly causes renal problems and kidney diseases
- Significantly weakens the immune system, which subsequently makes one more susceptible to infectious diseases
- Creates an environment that allows for predisposition to respiratory diseases
- Accelerates cell aging
Further benefits to eliminating table salt from the diet, besides being able to avoid numerous medical problems and illnesses, are:
- Fresher and tighter looking face, as the body does not retain excess fluid, quality of skin improves
- Excess weight is held under control, as it depletes tissue water is being retained in order to mitigate the harmful effects
- Decreases appetite, since salt promotes a sense of hunger and thirst, which also works on managing body weight
- Aides in the reduction of cellulite and fat deposits
- Increases body strength, as all blood vessels are more permeable and minerals and vitamins ingested through food are better utilized
- More vigorous behavior, as a consequence of improved overall health and increased body strength
- Mental faculties are raised to a higher level
It takes one to three weeks to get used to the "natural substitute for salt" and give up on table salt. At the beginning of this period food may seem less tasty, which is only but a consequence of our habits or in other words a reflex psychological reaction, but eliminating table salt from our meals will allow for spices to let out their original aromas and in most cases lead to ever tastier food.
As an EXAMPLE of the harmful effects of table salt, the five most common medical problems and illnesses of the developed world are examined.
Results of a study conducted at Queen Mary University in London that was performed on 400 individuals of different ages and wellbeing, as well as at certain universities throughout United States, suggest that reducing the use of table salt by more than 50% of the standard daily dose so uniformly regulating blood pressure in both healthy individuals and those with elevated or high blood pressure, also reduces incidence of headache by more than 30%.
It is estimated that around 30% of the world population currently suffers from the two most common forms of headaches.
In some countries throughout the world obesity is being treated as an epidemic and a major cause of most health problems.
In the United States on average 30% of individuals are considered to be obese; in Russia approximately 25% and Europe around 15%. There is a noted growth trend and it is deemed to be the most pronounced in children in whom lasting medical problems are the most serious ones.
On average, the life expectancy of obese individuals is 8 to 10 years shorter than that of individuals with normal body weight, and is the main cause of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
The general opinion is that sugar – i.e., increased intake of carbohydrates – is the main cause of obesity. However, it has been established that the first and most important cause is actually table salt since it adversely changes the way in which our body absorbs fats so that they are thus deposited and result in weight gain.
At the renowned Queen Mary University in London, 450 children and 780 adults were monitored as part of a long-term study, and the results showed that continuous excess daily intake amounting to 1g of table salt raises the risk of increased body weight by more than 20%, and if the intake is within the normal range then even surplus carbohydrates (sugar) will not lead to weight gain, as they can be consumed or removed more easily.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Officially, according to the WHO (World Health Organization), roughly a quarter of the population worldwide has a rapidly growing rate of high blood pressure (hypertension), which is responsible for around half of all heart attack and stroke fatalities. It is also the global leading cause of death as a result of a disease.
In America, it affects about 20% of individuals of all ages, while in poorer African countries such as Niger, it affects up to 50%. Every year over 4 million people in Europe die from cardiovascular disease.
High blood pressure is mostly affected by obesity, diabetes, kidney diseases, malnutrition, smoking, and stress.
Out of all foods that influence blood pressure, non-use of table salt is the most important preventative measure, and omission of such foods from a diet for a period of 4 weeks shows a significant decrease in high blood pressure.
In most cases, a heart attack occurs without any prior indication, and it may take less than an hour from onset of initial symptoms for it to occur. The percentage of people who have experienced a heart attack without previously having any cardiovascular symptoms is high, and therefore disease prevention is recommended to the entire population over the age of 25. Stroke has similar characteristics and is in second place.
Diabetes is amongst the most dangerous diseases of our time, for the following reasons:
- It interferes with the proper exchange of key nutrients in the body: carbohydrates (energy sources), fats (essential for physical and emotional health), and protein (basic developmental factor for all organs, including the heart and brain).
- Over time it also permanently damages other vital organs such as kidneys, blood vessels, eyes, brain, and the nervous system.
- Tissue death (necrosis) of the extremities is also possible, requiring their amputation.
- Negatively impacts potency
- Reduces reproductive capabilities
Roughly 9% of the world population suffers from diabetes, a number that is tending to increase, while in some countries, over 20% has it.
On average, for every person with diabetes, there is at least one other person who has it but is not aware of it or is at higher risk of developing it due to their way of life or genetic factors.
Diabetes ranks fourth in the world in terms of mortality, and the average life expectancy of an individual with diabetes is deemed to be 5 to 10 years shorter than that of individuals who do not have it.
Up to 80% of “type 2” diabetes (which accounts for 95% of all cases of diabetes) is preventable through proper nutrition and by engaging in physical activity, where the reduced intake of table salt and sugars has a key role.
Table salt influences the onset of diabetes: directly, through harmful effects that are connected to the induced imbalance in the body (which is further reflected in diabetes), and indirectly, by causing diseases that are amongst the main causes of diabetes (primarily obesity).
Seeing that there is a rapidly increasing number of cases of kidney diseases around the world, international organizations - that deal with this type of problem - have launched an initiative for this category to be treated as a pandemic. Of particular concern is the fact that over 40% of people with this type of the disease are unaware that they have it until such time that it reaches an advanced stage of development.
According to official estimates, approximately 10% of people in the world have it.
Consequences of kidney disease are:
1.weakened immune system and development of other diseases
2. significant deterioration in the quality of life, especially once it comes to dialysis
3. shorter life expectancy and a high probability of premature death
Excess sodium in the body is excreted through the kidneys, and once overloaded, due to a large amount of sodium, their functioning is disrupted, thus, over time, leading to the disease and eventually possible complete failure.
During the course of treatment, the use of standard chemical products always also has contraindications, i.e. leads to impairment and disruption of various functions and organs and so preventive action of the utmost importance in a fight against it.
Drinking enough safe, healthy, clean water and eliminating table salt from our diet, is of paramount importance for its preventive (as well as corrective) impact on kidney diseases.
Kidney diseases are classified as so-called "silent killers", which include: diabetes; cardiovascular diseases; and high blood pressure (hypertension), which are the most common causes of death in the modern world.
The explanation why use of table salt is not prohibited by law, as is the case with narcotics, or restricted, as is the case with alcohol and cigarettes, lies in the facts that its consumption does not lead toproblematically altered state of consciousness, and in that it is one of the most common ingredients in our diets that globally brings in huge profits..
- - - - - - -
The best example of negative effects that table salt has on human health has been shown in the famous independent documentary released in 2004, called Super Size Me which shook the foundations of the global fast-food industry.
In these kinds of products, table salt plays a key role concerning the two most important and globally well-known traits for these types of foods which:
- Provide specific flavor - a basic trump card that attracts consumers - which directly, negatively, impacts health
- Promote very quick; immediate; and serious disorders and diseases throughout the body, which then subsequently become BASIS for other harmful compounds used in the same type of food
DETRIMENTAL IMPACT of table salt on health - VIDEO
Natural Substitute For Table Salt
HISTORY of product creation
Product was created as there was a need to meet certain specific requirements in the treatment of type 2 diabetes,
under the cooperation of multiple teams comprised of top experts,
who then also utilized contemporary knowledge and traditions of several ancient civilizations
in which diabetes and various other (today common) diseases were either minimally represented or completely nonexistent.
During product development, it turned out that it also had a positive preventive-corrective effect
on certain other diseases, and thus additional adjustment was made for users that pay attention to these types of health issues.
Due to formal legal issues and easier placement in various markets around the world,
it has been defined as a food product - a nutritional supplement.
Natural Substitute For Table Salt - product DESCRIPTION
The product is formed with five basic functions:
- To add-on to food and with its flavor (aroma) substitute table salt
- To eliminate the harmful effects of other consumable products (food; water; drinks; supplements; and medications), or to detoxify the body
- To through consumption of compounds with rare nutritive characteristics, strengthen the body
- To boost the immune system by providing components of health - to which table salt is harmful - certain special medical benefits which would preventively (in case of entirely healthy individuals) and correctively effect diseases or disorders, primarily with regards to the ten most important health issues of our times (not taking into account: dental plaque; HIV; and malaria):
- Musculoskeletal disorders (predominantly pain in the lower back; neck; and arthritis)
- Mental health disorders (such as depression; nervous tension; and insomnia)
- Malignant diseases
- Increased body mass and a tendency to gain weight
- Elevated or high blood pressure
- Diabetes, or the risk of it
- Kidney problems
- Infectious diseases resulting from weakened immunity
- Breathing problems
- To revitalize the body as a whole, which is a combination of points 2; 3; and 4
The essence of the product is not only to replace table salt in order to eliminate all of its harmful effects but also to positively affect these and various other significant medical problems. What's more, the product does not contain any artificial or natural compound that adversely affects health.
Whilst examining its impact on the body, three functional descriptions were assigned to it that, according to experts, represent the most adequate short definitions of its medical usefulness: the elixir of health; the guardian of youth; and "super food", as it contains almost all nutrients that are necessary for proper functioning of the body.
PERMISSIBLE daily intake
RECOMMENDED daily allowance:
... 5 g - Children ages 4 to 7
... 10 g - Children ages 8 to 11
... 15 g - Children ages 12 to 15
... 20 g - People over the age of 15
... 30 g - People over the age of 35
The MAXIMUM amount allowed for daily consumption is twice as high as recommended.
They are advised to individuals that have, or are, at higher risk of developing medical problems preventable by this product, or to those that have body weight, which is higher than average.
Individuals with any type of medical problem are advised to first consult their doctor or pharmacist.
The only reason that numerous nutritionists would advise children to reduce their "recommended daily consumption of product" is that they should gradually get used to seasoning herbs, noting that consumption of spices is not harmful to adults.
People over the age of 35 are advised to increase the amount of product due to accelerated aging during this period.
HANDLING of the product
Once the product has been opened, it should be stored in a dry and cool place (preferably in a refrigerator) and used within a month.
Seeing that 42% of its components that come in contact with other foods are "natural preservatives", it itself carries the maximum protection against the development of microorganisms.
Useful properties of individual components can partially be reduced by high temperatures, thus when used in dishes whose preparation requires heating, it is advisable to add the product immediately before consumption.
EXPIRATION DATE: 1 year
PROPERTIES of the product
Positive medicinal properties , ranked by the degree at which the product impacts it:
- Prevents from malignant diseases, first of all, cancers such as breast; prostate; colon; lung; pancreas; bone; and abdomen
- Prevents: high blood pressure; cardiovascular and vascular diseases; multiple and athero sclerosis
- Affects: health; skin quality; and overall good looks
- Affects health of: bones; joints; and muscles
- Improves mood, soothes nerves and eliminates: stress; anxiety; and depression
- Prevents and alleviates: asthma; bronchitis; and cough, and preserves the overall state of the respiratory system
- Improves digestion and prevents bloating
- Prevents and relieves: headache; pain in general; inflammation; and itchiness
- Aids in the prevention of, and assist with, kidney stones and kidney disease
- Restores and strengthens the immune system
- Improves potency; acts as a strong aphrodisiac, and prevents prostate enlargement
- Aids in preventing and managing diabetes
- Promotes and develops mental abilities, especially in people who are studying or engaged in intellectual activities
- Strengthens the entire body
- Prevents obesity and in obese individuals it affects weight loss
- Affects health of mouth; gums; and teeth
- Slows down aging and extends the life
- Prevents and controls diarrhea and promotes urination and excretion of excess fluid
- Reduces physical fatigue
- Detoxifies the body and the liver
- Prevents and eliminates nausea
- Prevents anemia and leukemia
- Relieves symptoms of PMS
- Promotes lactation and has a positive effect on the uterus
- Prevents Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease
- Prevents and resolves hemorrhoids
- Enhances the effects of ingested medicines and medicinal herbs
- Acts as a natural antibiotic
- Aids in alleviating stress caused by high external temperatures
- Prevents hair loss and stimulates regrowth
- Prevents and aids with inflammation of the ear and eardrum
- Prevents vitiligo, which causes depigmentation of certain areas of the skin
- Improves eye health
- Assists individuals to quit smoking
Benefits of cooking and food preparation:
- As a natural substitute for salt, it can be used in absolutely all products that ordinarily contain table salt
- Represents a natural food preservative
- Conceals the smell of garlic
Natural Substitute For Table Salt - product CONTENT
- Pimento (pimiento)
- Black pepper
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Cayenne pepper
- Kudzu (Japanese arrowroot)
- Maca (Peruvian ginseng)
RECIPE FOR THE PRODUCT was created in such a way as to determine the IDEAL RATIO of different components in the product, with long-term testing revealing the existence of ONLY ONE such ratio which has preventive and corrective impact on today’s ten most common diseases and health problems.
|NUTRITIONAL values||Per 100g of product|
|Omega 3||304,96 mg|
|Omega 6||17.601,71 mg|
|Dietary fiber||15,78 g|
|Proteins & Amino acids||14,87 g|
|Vitamin A||1.055,76 mg|
|Vitamin B1||0,32 mg|
|Vitamin B2||0,32 mg|
|Vitamin B3||3,48 mg|
|Vitamin B6||1,03 mg|
|Vitamin C||18,66 mg|
|Vitamin E||2,58 mg|
|Vitamin K||150,12 mcg|
Use in FOOD PREPARATION
All product taste testing results exceeded expectations.
However ! Once used during the creation of certain culinary specialties, a special aroma that was created
once the product was combined with certain cooking ingredients was detected,
thus resulting in positive and often unique outcomes that make the product stand out from the existing ones.
R. Archibald R. Limited
Unit 4, The Cottages Deva Centre, Trinity Way
Manchester, M3 7BE
Phone: +44 161 7680245