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What About Salt? 
The Salt Problem:  Every Body Needs It… But Not Too Much

We need salt for various reasons.  On a basic physiological level we need salt to regulate electrolyte balance, prevent dehydration and maintain cellular functions that allow us to survive. A body cannot go without salt, and throughout history access to salt has created wealth, and spawned many wars and revolutions.  

The problem is, like many things, while some is necessary; too much may make us ill. Canadians have been over-consuming salt, with one 2004 study suggesting that the average Canadian regularly consumes twice the daily recommended amount.

Why We Need It

Processors need salt to flavour foods, to preserve them, and to help bind them together. Salt was one of the first ingredients used in meat processing, creating stores of food to be set aside for harsher weather or leaner times – salted, dried meat.

Today salt is used to regulate and lower water activity. Water activity is a measure of the amount of free water available to microbes. Lowering water activity limits microbial growth, which is particularly important for dealing with pathogens like Listeria monocytogenes, Clostridium botulinum, Salmonella and Escherichia coli

Salt is an effective binding agent, binding meat proteins as well as meat and fat together. Salt also increases the binding capacity of water during cooking, improving yields, texture and tenderness, and making foods more appealing and palatable.

Salt:  The Processor’s Conundrum

What is Salt & Why is it Used?


For more information about Nu-Tek Salt
contact Malabar at 1-888-456-6252,
or email us at
info@malabarsuperspice.com



For more information about Nu-Tek Salt
contact Malabar at 1-888-456-6252,
or email us at info@malabarsuperspice.com

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The Sodium/ Potassium Balance
“… 88% of all sodium in the [Canadian] diet is added during food manufacturing or preparation and is not present naturally.”
“Efforts to reduce sodium in foods must take into consideration both food security and food safety.”
From “Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada: Recommendations of the Sodium Working Group”
Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada: Recommendations of the Sodium Working Group
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