Salt is used in almost all dishes. It's a vital ingredient not to mention, a good seasoning and preservative. The table salt comprises of sodium chloride mixed with iodine sources, iodine stabilizers and anti-caking compounds. Salt is important for the body because it helps balance the fluid content in the body.

There are different forms of salt. One would be the unrefined salt. Fleur de sel is one of it. It is a natural sea salt from the evaporating brine found in salt pans. These are often used for bathing and cosmetic products. It serves as a scrubbing material capable of removing dead skin.

Next would be the refined salt. It is used for commercial purposes like in the production of paper, dyes in textiles and in soaps and detergents. Refined salt underwent a process of purification. It has to undergo recrystallization wherein it gets rid of impurities.

Last but not the least, there's the table salt. It is used for cooking. A lot of people say that salt is bad for your health. However, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, reasonable amounts of salt do not impose blood pressure problems. As a matter of fact, if a person consumes a little amount of salt, it may lead to some problems. People who are not hypertensive and consumes little amount of salt have a higher risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.

The systolic pressure in the blood pressure reading has a direct link to the salt intake of a person. As opposed to what most medical researches claim, people with more salt in the urine won't suffer from cardiovascular diseases. In a research done, 54 out of 84 individuals who died from a cardiovascular disease have a low consumption of salt.

If you want to reduce the risk of dying from a heart attack, what you need some modification in the way you live. It's not about the salt intake. It's about the fat intake you have. Limit the consumption of bacon, greasy burgers, pizzas and other fat-containing dishes. You also need to do some exercise. Lose the unwanted for a healthier heart.