Kosher salt – health benefits

Health benefits of Kosher salt

Why should I use kosher salt?

Is kosher salt healthy?  Are there any health benefits of using kosher salt?  What actually is kosher salt anyway? We have listed below some of the health benefits of using kosher salt.  Please note that further research needs to be completed in order to verify these claims. 

Health benefits of using kosher salt

Aids digestion

Due to the sodium chloride contained in kosher salt, it acts as an aid to help with food digestion by preventing indigestion, heartburn, and excess gas build-up.

Oral health

Can you gargle with kosher salt? Most people are aware that using salt-based mouthwashes helps maintain good oral healthcare.  As kosher salt contains antibiotic properties it can help with the prevention of bad breath when used as a mouth gargle.  It can also aid in the prevention of, and easing of, sore throats, sinus infections, and gum infections.   

Diet benefit of sodium chloride

Humans need small amounts of salt in their diet for everyday health benefits. Please also remember you should follow the daily recommended guidelines for your age. You will also need to consider any health conditions you may have.

Natural mineral traces

Made solely of sodium chloride Kosher salt generally does not contain anti-caking agents, or anti-clumping agents.

Weight loss aid

The reduction of sugar intake caused by the reactivation of insulin can help with weight loss.  Due to the fact that sugar consumption is reduced this can result in less build-up of fats.

Sore joints

Kosher salt has long been recognized as having anti-inflammatory qualities which can help reduce inflammation of the joints and ease areas suffering from reduced mobility and pain.  It should be noted that any weight loss may also have a beneficial effect on the human skeleton.


The health and beauty industry has long used Himalayan salt as an exfoliator. This is due to the crystals having a coarse texture.  Himalayan pink salt is finding its way into many skincare products, with claims of benefits for the skin. Face creams, exfoliators, scrubs, body washes, moisturizers and cleansers are all available infused with this pink salt.

What is so good about kosher salt?

Kosher salt reigns supreme in many kitchens as it’s larger, flaky crystals are easier to grab. This gives chefs more control over how much salt they add to their dishes. This is especially useful for finishing dishes where a little goes a long way. The larger flakes dissolve slower than table salt, so always taste as you go to avoid the possibility of oversalting your dishes.

Typically Kosher salt is unrefined and free of additives like anti-caking agents or iodine (which can have a slightly bitter aftertaste). This results in a cleaner, more neutral flavor that allows the natural taste of your food to come through. You can use kosher salt for brining, pickling, and finishing. However, it is not suitable for baking as the uneven size of kosher salt flakes can make it tricky to measure accurately. Also, the larger flakes take longer to dissolve than table salt. This might be a disadvantage in situations where you want the salt to disappear quickly, like in sauces or stocks.

Why is kosher salt called kosher?

Despite its name, kosher salt actually isn’t a religious requirement for kosher cuisine!

Traditionally, it was used in the koshering process (removing blood from meat) due to its large flakes that create a good surface area for drawing out blood. However, nowadays other methods are used for koshering. The name “kosher salt” just stuck around because it describes the size and shape of the flakes.


As you can see there are some great health benefits to using Kosher salt. And with more people looking at how they can improve their lifestyles the trend of using Kosher salt in their diet and also their healthy and wellbeing routines will continue to grow.

Always seek medical advice for chronic conditions or new unexplained illnesses.

More ideas

Do you still want to learn more? Then why not head over to our other sections to find out more about salt and its uses. You can also learn how to use Kosher salt in your cooking, information about other salt products, and some quick and easy recipes?