Kosher salt – side effects or health benefits?

Kosher salt – side effects or health benefits?

Are there any side effects or health benefits of using Kosher salt? There has been a lot of talk about the health benefits and side effects of using salt, no matter what variety, within the human diet.  This article looks at some of the perceived benefits and side effects – but ultimately you should make up your own mind about the type and amount of salt you use daily.

Kosher salt side effects

There are always two sides to any story – so if there are any health benefits of kosher salt surely there must also be some negative ones.  Let’s have a look at Kosher salt – side effects or health benefits, to find out more.

Is kosher salt bad for you?

Salt is needed in our daily diet but like anything else, too much of one thing may cause a few problems and the overuse of any salt, including kosher salt, may lead to serious health conditions. 

Sodium, contained within all salt, helps maintain your body with certain critical functions.  If you have too much sodium in your diet you are more likely to suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) which can then cause other serious health problems.

A high-sodium diet, and not following the daily recommended guidelines, may have negative impacts on your body and cause health issues due to:

  • High blood pressure 
  • Damage to kidneys
  • Damage to the liver
  • Stroke
  • Heart health
  • Osteoporosis/brittle bones

What is kosher salt?

Kosher salt is a type of rock salt.  The rock crystals are harvested from land salt mines and generally do not go through a refinement process where anti-caking and anti-clumping agents are added as in the case of refined table salt.. 

What is Kosher salt vs sea salt?

Kosher salt is made up of large flaky crystals whos composition is sodium chloride. The main component of Sea Salt is sodium chloride and traces of iodine. Due to the larger crystal structure of Kosher salt less should be used when substituting other salts, such as refined table salts in recipes and the cooking process.

The daily recommended guidelines advise that the minimum amount of salt an adult should consume should be less than 6g per day (2.4g sodium) – or about equal to 1 standard teaspoon of salt.  But as kosher salt contains larger crystals this should be reduced to just half a teaspoon.

  • One teaspoon of refined table salt contains 6g of which the sodium content is 2,325 mg
  • One teaspoon of sea salt contains 5g of which the sodium content is 1,872 mg
  • One teaspoon of kosher salt contains 3g of which the sodium content is 1,120 mg

Are there any health benefits of using kosher salt?

Is Kosher salt healthy for you?  Kosher salt can easily be included in your daily diet and is considered an aid to digestion, helps ease joint and muscle pain, can aid with weight loss, and help with skincare. So, yes, we would acknowledge that there are health benefits when using kosher salt correctly in your diet.

Summary

There are recognized health benefits to having salt within the human diet if you follow the recommended daily intake guidelines. Remember to look for hidden salt used in processed foods as these still count towards your daily intake amount.

More ideas

If you would like to find out about other types of salt, or find out how to use Kosher salt in your cooking, why not pop on over to our Salt Products and Salt Recipe sections?