Salt or sodium is essential in our daily life. But does sodium cause high blood pressure or hypertension?
There was just one study called the DASH-sodium study in 1997 that said it does; but because the DASH diet is also low in sugar and fructose as well as sodium, it is not sufficient to show that a low-salt diet can control hypertension. According to mercola.com, excess fructose actually contributes more to high blood pressure than excess salt. There are also other studies done (see the list here) but they have not really been able to link high blood pressure directly to high salt intake.
How Much Salt to Take?
If fact, there are higher risks involved if your salt intake is too low. Generally, the daily allowance for sodium intake is 1,500mg to 2,300 mg daily, as recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Eliminating it all together to prevent or control hypertension is not ideal, as we still need salt in our bodies. That said, if you are suffering from high blood pressure, you may need a lower consumption than the requirements above. Do consult your doctor to determine the appropriate amount of salt you can take daily.
If you are looking to consume less salt for high blood pressure reasons, consider making the switch to Himalayan pink salt. For one, if you like the taste of salt, you can use a lot less to get the same saltiness that you enjoy.
Less Salt, More Saltiness
In my experience, I tend to use a smaller amount of pink salt than white salt because it’s so much saltier. For example, I normally have to use about a teaspoon of normal white salt when I boil veggies to taste the salt. But with Himalayan salt, all I need is just a pinch (less than half a tsp) to get the same saltiness. For me, pink salt also actually tastes better. Here’s actually where you need to be careful of using too much, especially if you crave salt frequently.
While it’s saltier, it’s interesting to note that Himalayan salt contains less sodium chloride (about 95%) than regular salt (usually around 98%). The rest of it are trace minerals (some are not available in regular salt) that benefit our body.
From these observations, I would say that Himalayan pink salt is safe to consume whether you are in good health or have high blood pressure. But as I am not a medical expert, if you have hypertension, my advice is to talk to your doctor first about your Himalayan salt intake.