Iodized Reduced Sodium Salt by LoSalt
LoSalt - Iodized Reduced Sodium Salt - 12.35 oz. (350g)
LoSalt Iodized Reduced Sodium Salt is the UK's leading low sodium salt alternative. LoSalt Iodized Reduced Sodium Salt contains 66% less sodium than regular table, sea and rock salts but has all the same salty flavour. LoSalt Iodized Reduced Sodium Salt is also a good source of natural potassium, a mineral vital for basic body function.
Did you know that salt is one of the oldest natural minerals in everyday use by man?
Its importance is literally prehistoric. Millions of years ago, as the first signs of life developed in the sea, the salt in seawater was crucial to its existence. Later, when life emerged onto the land, this dependence continued. Today, man relies on salt just as much as his amoebic ancestors.
They may have survived on a daily diet that contained less than 0.25g salt, but this natural chemical has played a major role throughout the development of civilisation.
History shows that both the early Egyptian and Chinese civilisations discovered salt's 'magical' property of preservation. They were the first to soak fish in saline solutions - the culinary method of 'salting' that's still used to this day.
With its wider use, both as a preservative and as an additive to flavour 'bland' fresh foodstuffs, came increased value. Roman soldiers were paid in salt (Latin Salarium), which gives us our modern day 'salary', and a poor labourer was considered to 'not be worth his salt'.
Next, salt's functional properties came to light. People starting using it to make cereal-based products, such as bread and dairy products. The rest, as they say, is history.
Discovered by Sir Humphry Davy in 1807, sodium (Na) and potassium (K) sit next to each other in the Periodic Table.
Chemically speaking, a salt is defined as the product formed from the neutralisation reaction of acids and bases or a neutral compound composed of ions.
Outside the laboratory, in more everyday language, salt is defined as sodium chloride - a compound made up of sodium and chloride ions.
Potassium chloride is another kind of salt. Also known as muriate of potash, this lattice compound is made up of potassium and chloride ions.
All interesting stuff… but here's the important bit from a health perspective.
While most table, sea and rock salts are made up almost entirely of sodium chloride, LoSalt is a blend of at least 66.6% potassium chloride and up to 33.3% sodium chloride. So gram for gram, LoSalt contains 66% less sodium than regular table sea and rock salts.
Biochemistry - what's that? Biochemistry is all to do with the chemical processes that go on inside living organisms. Here are just some of the ways in which sodium and potassium play a role in our everyday lives.
Maintenance of Extracellular Fluid Volume - Blood Pressure
Perhaps the most widely publicised biochemical effect on the body, small changes in sodium concentrations can have extreme effects on arterial blood pressure. Similarly, small changes in potassium concentration can have a big impact on cardiac performance.
Our cell membranes, as you may know, are permeable to water. Extreme cell dehydration leads to cell lysis - the death of a cell caused by the cellular membrane breaking. Extreme hydration, on the other hand, can lead to cells bursting. It's only the complex interaction of sodium and potassium as cations within our extracellular fluid that maintains the right cell osmotic pressure.
Osmotic pressure differences alone don't create the composition exchanges between intra- and extra- fluids. The interaction of sodium and potassium ions with the cell's internal and external environments creates an electrolytic differential that allows ions to be pumped across the cell's membrane. This action also controls membrane permeability to other fluid components.
Not having enough potassium in your body can prevent the pancreatic cells from secreting insulin properly.
Gastronomy - what's that? Gastronomy is all about the relationship between culture and food.
You've already read that salt has been used as a food additive since the dawn of civilisation. Today, it's most commonly used for flavour - sometimes for its own flavour (as in salty crisps), but more often as a flavour enhancer. Both in the home and on an industrial scale, salt makes the most of potentially bland ingredients.
Salt has other uses too, of course. By lowering water activity in food, salt limits microbial growth, acting as a preservative in salt cured fish and meat products. By controlling water activity, salt also plays a critical role in cheese manufacture.
Other functional applications include water retention and structure formation. By retaining water in meat-based products, salt makes sausages appear plumper. And by providing a structure, the crystal lattice of salt helps bread maintain its volume.
Finally - and this is a more recent application - salt is used as a textural enhancer. The humble salt crystal has come to signify culinary flair and decadence!
Mankind may have been using salt for literally centuries, but it's no secret that consuming too much of the stuff - or more particularly the sodium in salt - is bad for us.
You owe it to yourself to find out more about the dangers of a high sodium diet and how LoSalt can help.
High Sodium Diet & Blood Pressure
Doctors have been warning us for years - and the general public is becoming increasingly aware - that how much sodium we consume can have a critical impact on our health and well-being.
Eating too much sodium is known to contribute to hypertension (high blood pressure), strokes and related heart disease. It has also been linked with osteoporosis (brittle bones), stomach cancer, proteinuria (renal disease), kidney stones, exacerbation of asthmatic symptoms, obesity and water retention.
In fact it's so important that the government has issued a health warning. According to its guidelines, adults should eat no more than 2.4g of sodium (that's 6g of table, rock or sea salt) per day. For 7-10 year olds, it's even less - just 2g of sodium (equivalent to 5g of salt).
Potassium in the Diet
Knowing how they work together, you may not be surprised to hear that our other old friend, potassium, also plays a part.
Just as too much sodium in the diet is known to contribute to high blood pressure, so is too little potassium. In fact, there's evidence to suggest that increasing your potassium intake can actually help to lower blood pressure.
With the average British diet containing just 80% of the recommended daily intake of potassium, any increase is likely to be beneficial for most people.
Getting the Balance Right
Sodium and potassium work together to control your blood pressure. Sodium pushes it up and potassium pulls it down. Ideally, you need to cut your sodium level along with making an effort to eat more foods rich in potassium.
Good sources of potassium include:
- leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, parsley, lettuce, broccoli and peas
- fruits, including bananas, avocados and dried apricots
- whole grains, such as wheat germ, seeds and nuts
- fish, including salmon, cod and sardines and
- LoSalt - yes, LoSalt. Discover why LoSalt is better for you.
Better For You
To recap, too much sodium in the diet and too little potassium can both be bad for you. LoSalt helps in two ways.
First, as it says on the tub, LoSalt contains 66% less sodium than regular salts. That's just 13g of sodium in every 100g of LoSalt, compared with 39g of sodium in the same amount of cooking, table, rock or sea salt. Which should make it a lot easier to stay within the government's guidelines, as well as contributing towards a healthy diet.
But that's only half the story...
As well as those 13g of sodium, every 100g of LoSalt also contains 34g of potassium. Low in sodium and high in potassium, LoSalt is all good.
Why is salt/sodium bad for me?
Too much salt (sodium) is known to contribute to hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke and related heart disease. It has also been linked to osteoporosis (brittle bones).
Do I really need to worry about it?
No matter how old or young you are, too much salt can affect your health. Even if you are young and don't suffer from high blood pressure, you could be storing up problems for later in life. The best way to prevent this happening is to reduce your salt TODAY.
How much salt do I need to maintain a healthy diet?
The government guidelines recommend a maximum of 2.4g of sodium (equivalent to 6g of salt) for adults, but most people exceed this. For children, this figure is even lower: for 7-10 year olds, just 2g of sodium (equivalent to 5g of salt). The medical profession is strongly in favour of people cutting excess salt from their diet.
I use natural sea salt. Isn't that healthy?
Although sea salt is natural, it contains the same amount of sodium as cooking and table salt. So no, it's not healthier for you.
My blood pressure is normal. Do I still need to watch my salt intake?
Controlling your blood pressure level is only one of the long-term benefits of reducing your salt intake. It also lowers the risk of osteoporosis, dementia, heart disease and stroke later in life.
How do I know how much salt I'm eating?
This isn't that easy! It's not just the salt you sprinkle on your food or add during cooking that counts. Unfortunately, most of the salt we eat is hidden in processed foods, so we're not even aware that we're eating it.
To help you work out how much salt (even the 'hidden' salt contained in processed foods) you're consuming and whether you need to cut back, we've designed the LoSalt Challenge. You can download your copy here - then see how LO you can go.
How can I reduce my salt intake?
Cutting down needn't be as difficult as you think! Your taste buds may be used to the flavour of salt, but they'll retrain over a few weeks. Keep going and you'll be surprised that after a while you'll begin to dislike the taste of very salty foods.
You can also experiment with fresh herbs and seasonings.
Where LoSalt can help?
LoSalt contains all the flavour of common salt but only one third of its sodium. Used in place of salt in cooking or at the table, LoSalt can help you reduce the amount of sodium in your diet.
LoSalt is especially good on those foods which many people find bland without any salt, such as eggs, fish, chicken, potato and tomato dishes.
But remember - even LoSalt should be used sparingly since it contains some sodium.
Is LoSalt gluten free?
Yes LoSalt is 100% gluten free
Is LoSalt safe for those who have nut allergies?
Yes, LoSalt is manufactured in a completely nut free environment