Back to Basics

4 Types of Salt and How to Use Them

By Tawnya Manion | September 12, 2013

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Marcus likes to mix things up when he’s cooking by throwing surprise flavors into traditional dishes. However, he never denies,  knowing the basics of preparing food is the first step to learning the art of cooking. That’s why in this post I want to get back to basics and explain the differences between the varying salts on the shelves of your local grocery store. Here are four different easy-to-find varieties, with tips on what they are and when to use them.

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Why Bread Might Be the Cause for Your High Blood Pressure

By Justin Chan | February 16, 2012

Photo: kidmissile

Photo: kidmissile

Many Americans consume more sodium than they know. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that claims that nine out of 10 Americans eat too much salt.

According to the report, the average person consumes around 3,300 milligrams of sodium daily. The figure, which does not include the amount of added salt to a meal, exceeds twice the recommended intake for half of Americans. Those who are 51 and older, African-American or have high blood pressure or kidney disease are advised to consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.

Sodium is responsible for increases in blood pressure and has been responsible for numerous health problems, including strokes and heart disease. In fact, the effects of high consumption of sodium go beyond health-related issues. The country reportedly spent approximately $273 billion in health care money on such health problems in 2010. Read More


Salty Consequences: Americans Consuming Far Too Much Salt

By Dylan Rodgers | December 6, 2011

Photo: Tattooed Tentacle

Pop quiz:  What is the one ingredient to most any food that everyone worldwide can agree is necessary?  I’ll give you a hint-it’s the 6th most abundant compound on Earth.  Still perplexed?  Here’s another-it begins with an “S” and ends in “alt”.

Salt makes everything taste better; it preserves foods; it’s essential for normal bodily functions.  There’s only one problem:  humans consume way, way too much of it.  In fact, according to a CDC report, Americans consume almost 90 percent more sodium than the body actually needs and at least twice as much as the highest recommended level. Read More


Flavors Of Salt

By mahir | January 17, 2011

Salt may get a bad rap for health reasons, but to me, it’s incredible that this naturally occuring element is the basis of flavor for so many good dishes.  For a seemingly mediocre meal, add a dusting of fine sea salt and the food tastes infinitely better. Read More


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