Salt Myths Debunked

19/08/2014 12:55 | Updated 20 May 2015

Have you been reducing your salt intake in an attempt to try and stick to a healthier diet? You might want to read up on these need-to-know facts first.

1. Salt and sodium are the same

Wrong. Turns out, sodium is only part of salt and it doesn't make up the whole thing. As the video states, saying sodium is salt is like calling milk ice-cream.

2. Adding salt will make water boil faster

Quite the opposite - salt actually raises the temperature of boiling water, so it makes water boil more slowly (allow your water to boil and then add your salt for super-speedy cooking).

3. Salt causes high blood pressure

Breathe a sigh of relief, because although salt can contribute to high blood pressure, it's not actually the main cause. Just watch out for risk factors such as a family history of hypertension, poor diet and lack of exercise.

Salt and pepper shakers on checked tablecloth

4. Foods high in sodium are high in salt

See myth number 1. Salt and sodium are not the same thing and therefore they don't always correspond in food. Sodium is everywhere, so check the labels before ruling out your favourite food because of high salt content.

5. Salt in water will make it freeze faster

Wrong again. Salt does lower the freezing temperature of water, but this is more useful for keeping your beer cold than it is for making water freeze faster.

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