There are two kinds of kosher salt: kosher salt and regular table salt. kosher salt is created by passing fine, oily solution of sodium chloride in water through dry, grinding plates to produce the salt. The bigger the grain size, the less sodium chloride is usually present. Regular table salt on the other hand, is produced by melting the normal table salt and then adding some kind of stabilizer. Although both of them are made of the same salt minerals, kosher salt is said to have a number of health benefits over the regular type.
The main difference between kosher salt and regular table salt lies in the way the mineral ions are distributed. One of them is that kosher salt has a fine, coarse texture while regular table salt has a softer texture (thinner). It is this coarse texture that contributes to the reason why kosher salt is said to be better for your health. Because kosher salt contains fewer ions, it does not mix with the liquids that can be absorbed by the body and this is a major health benefit as liquids cannot penetrate the porous structure of the body. Regular salt on the other hand, mixes with the liquid and gets soaked up. So, when you take a warm bath or use a salty dish to eat, there will be residues in the pores of your body and this may have negative effects on your health.
Another health advantage of kosher salt lies in the fact that it is less processed than regular table salt. As mentioned above, kosher salt is obtained directly from the kosher salt mines of Israel. It is then processed very gently so that the mineral content can remain unaltered. Since kosher salt is from Israel, it is said to be considerably less processed than regular table salt because the process is stricter. And as a result, it contains a higher concentration of minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium.
kosher salt also contains trace minerals such as manganese, potassium and sodium. Trace minerals are important in ensuring proper blood circulation. These trace minerals are present naturally in seaweeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables that we consume every day. Therefore, taking a multi-vitamin containing these essential minerals while eating a kosher meal is advisable.
Some people might wonder why kosher salt was added to the table during the biblical times. The answer lies in the history of food preparation and preservation. At that time, water used to be a scarce commodity so people had to discover new ways of preserving their food. One of these methods was to add potassium to water. To make salt, animals were being put in ponds and their feet dipped in the water to add the mineral content.
Hence, we have today’s kosher salt which is derived from dried up sea creatures. The process of adding minerals to food before cooking is called mastering. In ancient times, salt was made using the same process but with rock salt which was considered more valuable. Although it is not as popular today, many Jewish people still opt to use kosher salt for their cooking. This is because kosher salt has its own qualities which make it ideal as a kosher salt alternative.
Kosher salt contains an earthy flavor and it has an unrefined mineral content. It is considered to be a healthier alternative to regular table salt. Its trace amounts of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous and potassium are found in diverse combinations. However, it should be noted that the combination of these trace amounts are not enough to replace the need for regular intake of regular table salts because the minerals found in kosher salt do not have the same effect as those found in regular table salts.
Nevertheless, using kosher salt for seasoning food is perfectly acceptable and does not pose any health threat. The trace amounts of these minerals found in kosher salt are just enough to supplement your diet without replacing it. There are various kosher salts on the market today and it can get quite confusing. As long as you read the label and check the sodium content, you should be able to select the salt that is right for your cooking needs.