Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What would happen if we didn't eat salt at all?
A. The chemical reactions inside our bodies need sodium – one of the two elements that makes up salt (along with chloride). Without salt our bodies would cease to function. Muscles would stop working, nerves wouldn't carry messages and food would remain undigested.
Everyday our bodies lose salt - through sweat, urine and tears - and this must be replaced to keep our bodies working properly. So salt forms an essential part of a healthy balanced diet.
Q. What is a low salt diet and how do I reduce my salt intake?
A. A low-salt diet is often prescribed for people suffering from high blood pressure.
As 75% of the salt we eat in the UK is already in the food we buy, you can help to reduce your salt intake by eating fewer processed items like bread, cereals, preserved meat and fish, pickles, sauces, salted nuts and crisps, tinned vegetables and ready meals.
Always check the back of packets for the salt content.
Q. Why is sea salt considered better for your health than other salt?
A. The salt composition of our tissues is similar to that of seawater. Also, sea salt retains the valuable natural trace elements which are often removed during the processing of other table salts. And because sea salt naturally tastes stronger, you can use less in your cooking and still get the same intensity of flavour.
Q. What about low sodium substitutes?
A. It's the sodium in salt that can lead to high blood pressure. So while reduced-sodium alternatives contain less sodium than standard salt they are not sodium-free, so you'll still be adding it to your food.
In fact, you might be able to control your salt intake better by eating sensibly and using a small amount of natural sea salt, rather than an alternative.
Q. What makes Halen Môn organic certified?
A. Our sea salt making process is audited by The Soil Association who check that we don't add anything to the salt or use any chemicals in its production or cleaning. The bright whiteness of our flakes is entirely natural, not down to bleach.