Q. What would happen if we didn't eat salt at all?
A. The chemical reactions inside our bodies need sodium and along with chloride, sodium is one of the two elements that make up salt.
Without salt, our bodies would cease to function. Muscles would stop working, nerves wouldn’t carry messages and food would remain undigested.
Everyday, our bodies lose salt through sweat, urine and tears, so we need to replace it to keep our bodies working properly. Since salt is an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet, it’s important we all get enough.
Q. What is a low salt diet and how do I reduce my salt intake?
A. A low-salt diet is often prescribed for people suffering from high blood pressure.
As 75% of the salt we eat in the UK is already in the food we buy, you can help to reduce your salt intake by eating fewer processed items like bread, cereals, preserved meat and fish, pickles, sauces, salted nuts and crisps, tinned vegetables and ready meals.
By always checking the back of packets for the salt content, you can make sure you’re not going over your GDA (guideline daily allowance) of salt. For adults, this is 6g (2.4g sodium).
Q. Why is sea salt considered better for your health than other salt?
A. To start with, the salt composition that makes up our body tissues is similar to that of seawater.
Sea salt also retains the valuable natural trace elements which are often removed during the processing of other table salts.
And because sea salt naturally tastes stronger, you tend to use less of it in your cooking (whilst maintaining the same intensity of flavour).
Q. What about low sodium substitutes?
A. It is the sodium in salt that can lead to high blood pressure. So while reduced-sodium alternatives contain less sodium than standard salt, they are not sodium-free. Meaning you will still be adding sodium to your food.
Since sea salt has a stronger taste and is completely natural, you might find it easier to control your salt intake by eating sensibly and using a small amount of natural sea salt, rather than a chemically modified alternative.
Q. What makes Halen Môn a Soil Association approved product?
A. Our sea salt making process is audited by The Soil Association who check that we don’t add anything to the salt or use any chemicals in its production or cleaning. The bright whiteness of our flakes is entirely natural, not down to bleach but to the careful rinsing by our team of harvesters.