Tuesday, February 19, 2013
LET'S TALK ABOUT SALT ON ZERO CARB
As Zero Carbers, salt can be, and actually is, of great interest as most of our food items are much more enjoyable with a little salt. A salty chocolate cake in the “high carb world” is a nonsense but a nice dash of salt on a rib-eye, which is a daily reality on ZC, certainly push up the flavor and make a meal a real delight. But should we be concern?
Salt is addictive.
Researchers have confirmed is triggers the same pathways in the brain as does
cigarettes and hard drug. And just like alcoholics, it takes just a pinch of
salt (or a sip of wine in the other case) and one can be back into the need for
So is salt a problem on ZC?
The answer is: it depends. It depends if you are seriously addicted and it
depends if it encourage you to eat more food then your real need.
So one can be “hook” on salt
but if his weight is under control, I think the problem is minor. But if this
is not your case, you probably have to consider seriously this issue.
As for the nutritious value of
salt, I am not really sure it is that important on a ZC diet, as the absorption
of minerals is nearly 100% on a meat-only WOE. This is different on a diet
rich in fibers, which seriously prevents absorption of sodium and chlorine but
also the microelements like the magnesium, calcium and potassium contained in sea
As for the medical reasons to
stop eating salt, there is a big confusion nowadays in the medical literature.
There is certainly one type of “salt-dependent high blood pressure” but it
needs a precise diagnosis before cutting salt in a diet for health reason.
My own experience is simple:
I always adored salt but decided to stop using it to see if I could cut down on
my food intake. It works. It is no the “entire answer” to the problem but it
certainly helps. Now, I do not care for salt but if I do have some on occasion
in a restaurant, I surely enjoy every bit of it!!!