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Experts reveal — Is there really a better, healthier salt?


Key points from article :

Table, pink Himalayan, sea or Kosher salt -all contain roughly the same level of sodium.

“There is no robust evidence to suggest than any type is better for you than another.”

There are no official studies yet comparing health effects of different types of salt.

Trendy salts are a waste of money if people are after it's health benefit.

Stomach cancer, high blood pressure, linked to high salt intake.

Guidelines state adults should be eating no more than 6g of salt a day (2.4g sodium).

Salt and sodium are different as should be in food labels.

~75% of salt we consume has been added to our food before we even buy it.

Expensive gourmet salts are often misconstrued as healthier than regular table salt.

They actually cause just as much damage to our health.

To curb salt use, adding black pepper or fresh herbs and spices should be done instead.

The amount we consume is more important than the amount we spend on what we thought is better

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Action on Salt

Charity organization concerned with dietary salt

Azmina Govindji

Dietician and British Dietetic Association (BDA) spokesperson

Bahee Van de Bor

Specialist paediatric dietitian and BDA spokesperson

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

European Union agency that provides independent scientific advice on risks associated with the food chain.

King's College Hospital

Health care provider.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

This institution provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.


American media-services provider and production company.

Salt Fat Acid Heat (Netflix)

American cooking documentary-series

Samin Nosrat

American chef, TV host and food writer, Netflix docu-series star (Salt Fat Acid Heat)

Sonia Pombo

Nutritionist, Action on Salt

The British Dietetic Association

The professional association & trade union for UK dietitians

The Guardian

News provider covering sport, culture and lifestyle

Tom Sanders

Nutrition expert at King's College London and honorary director of Heart UK.