Salt in history
- Civil disobedience started with salt and Gandhi’s non-violent ”Salt March” to the coast at Dandi on the Indian Ocean in 1930 where he headed a 400 km long march to the sea in order to demonstrate against the government’s salt monopoly. In the end, this lead to India’s independence in 1947.
- Roman soldiers, legionaries, were originally paid parts of their wages in salt.
- Salt was also called ”The White Gold” as in some connections it was worth almost more than gold. Words such as ”salary” derives directly from this.
- If in medieval times in England you were seated near the salt, or ”above the salt”, you were an important person who had to be reckoned with. “Below the salt” you were seated far away from the salt and were therefore an insignificant person.
- Salt over the shoulder: In the old days, it was said to be a prediction of an accident if you spilled salt on the table. This can be seen, for example, in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper” where a large salt cellar has been knocked over on the table right in front of the disciple Judas. In order to prevent the accident from happening, you had to throw salt over your left shoulder. The left shoulder was seen as the weaker one and evil creatures could therefore be lurking here.
What is good salt?
Here is an extract from Andreas Moritz’ book: “Love your liver and live longer” describing why unrefined salt is healthy:
“Natural sea salt contains 92 minerals whereas refined falsified salt (a by-product from the chemical industry) only contains 2 elements, that is sodium (Na) and chlorine (Cl).”
“Our body needs salt in order to be able to properly digest carbohydrates. Refined salt results in excessive accumulation of fluid in joints, lymph ducts, lymph nodes and kidneys. This may lead to gallstone, weight gain, elevated blood pressure and other health-related issues.”
“Problems with the kidneys and the blood pressure, weight gain (excess weight) are the most obvious consequences from consuming refined salt.”
“Salt has acquired a bad reputation. Doctors advise their patients to cut down on sodium. However, this gives you an increased risk of being deficient in minerals and trace elements. Eat unrefined sea salt and if your diet contains sodium in natural form, you do not need to worry about the relatively low content of sodium. Foods with a particularly high content of sodium include: bananas, apricots, avocados, pumpkin seeds, beans, potatoes and many other vegetables.”