All posts tagged: Salt

You are the salt of the earth, and it’s good for you and the world

Two papers published by Canadian researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine say we have it wrong when it comes to salt. The general view is the less salt we consume the better.  While Canadians consume on average 3.5 to 4 grams of salt per day, Health Canada has been pushing to reduce daily consumption to 2.3 grams daily and even suggested 1.5 grams was a good goal. Other groups such as Hyptertension Canada have suggested a daily consumption rate of 2.o grams, this was an upgrade of its earlier recommendation of consuming 1.3 grams to 1.5 grams of salt daily. The push for lower salt consumption is based on the notion that it will reduce cardiovascular problems.

Square salt cubes forming on the shores of the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea, referred to as the Sea of Arabah in the Bible, is located on Israel’s western edge bordering Jordan and Palestine. It is popular with tourists because of the water’s buoyancy due to a high concentration of salt. In this video, a group of unnamed people stumble upon cubed-shaped salt formations on the shore of the Dead Sea. Most varieties of salt naturally form into cube-shaped crystals. Though crystals are found on the shores of the Dead Sea, perfectly shaped cubes with straight lines and right angles are rare.

It’s nice to be salty again

In Mathew 5:13, Jesus calls His disciples “the salt of the earth.” Salt was a valuable product in early Israel. Among other things it was used as a food preservative — an important benefit in a culture lacking refrigeration. Salt was also used to increase the flavour of food. In many ways, Christians play a similar role in culture — acting as a preservative. The moral decline of a nation is often a prelude to national collapse. A few grains of salt not only has the ability to enhance the flavour of food, but even a culture. However over the past few decades, salt’s sheen was tarnished as