Almost everything tastes better with a pinch of salt, from vegetables to meats – even ice cream and chocolate can go well with it! More specifically, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends consuming 1,500 mg to 2,300 mg per day (approximately 1 tbsp). The differences between these types of edible salt are their tastes, their method of harvest, their impurities, and the purpose of their use.

Bright Side has gathered some information about all types of salt and the reasons why you might find them handy.

Not only salt is widely used in food preparation, but it can also affect a human’s health. By knowing the salt’s properties and the effect it has on your body, you can adjust your diet accordingly, and switch between different salt types.

10. Sea Salt

Consuming sea salt will protect your skin and improve your dental health, your sleep, and the electrolytic balance of your body. Minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, bromide, chloride, iron, copper, and zinc, among other beneficial elements, will season your health with the natural resources of the sea.

9. Grey Sea Salt

This type of salt contains a bouquet of different minerals. Besides the therapeutic benefits, it will improve your respiratory system and stabilize your heartbeat. Most importantly, you can maintain a normal acid-alkaline balance and may live longer by consuming this salt.

8. Hawaiian Alaea Red Salt

Hawaiian Red salt contains around 80 minerals. It is a mixture of unrefined sea salt and the iron oxide-rich volcanic clay. Particularly this clay gives the salt its brick red color. Season your food with just a pinch of it and empower your lungs, the function of your immune system, your overall energy, and your ability to focus.

7. Kala Namak Salt

Consuming Kala Namak is a true miracle for most digestive problems. It will help you to increase your appetite and can help treat abdominal discomfort.

6. Himalayan Pink Salt

Perceived as a superfood seasoning, Himalayan Pink Salt is rich in minerals — over 80 natural minerals and can balance your body’s PH levels. Other effects on the body concentrate on relaxing your muscles, preventing high blood pressure, and reducing the risk of infections.

5. Truffle Salt

This salt has aphrodisiac effects, along with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. The truffle salt is a seasoning with a wide range but is also a great source of protein that can improve your immune system.

4. Fleur de Sel

Also known as the “cream of the salt pan,” the “caviar of sea salts,” or the “champagne of salt,” Fleur de Sel has an impressive high mineral content and a nice, light taste. It contains all the elements found in sea water: iodine, zinc, copper, manganese, iron, magnesium, and potassium, offering a treasure for your health with every bite.

3. Cyprus Black Lava Salt

Appreciated for its earthy flavors, Cyprus Black Lava Salt contains activated charcoal and is used as an outstanding decoration for the table. Among the benefits of consuming this salt are a body detox, healthy lungs, increased hydration, and the prevention of muscle cramps.

2. Hawaiian Black Lava Salt

Hawaiian Black Lava Salt is an exotic, sultry sea salt with an activated coconut charcoal. Its effects are similar to those of the Cyprus Black Lava Salt, with the plus of keeping away negative energies. The rich, black color and crunchy grains add a dramatic finish to any meal and hold up nicely in saucy, full-flavored dishes.

1. Table Salt

Real forms of table salt can boost the creation of digestive enzymes and juices that allow us to extract and assimilate other vitamins and nutrients from the food we eat. However, one of the most common types of salt is artificially iodized to cope with iodine deficiency and its consequences. Our table salt is an omnipresent seasoning, available in a range of diverse forms from Kosher Salt, Pickling Salt, and particle salts like Garlic Salt, Onion Salt, and Smoked Salt, depending on the proposed use.

Harmful effects of excessive salt intake

There seems to be a direct connection between eating too much salt and how tight our jeans can fit us. More specifically, recent studies showed that you can gain weight because of the existence of an excessive amount of sodium in the body. The reason seems to be that salt can encourage overeating. Furthermore, the fluid retention caused by too much sodium in your blood can make your face appear fat, and of course, can increase your risk for high blood pressure. Other health problems may occur like osteoporosis, kidney disease, kidney stones, and headaches.

According to a study, the consumption of food preserved by salting (like pickled vegetables and salted fish) has been linked to an increased risk of stomach cancer. Another study found that men are a higher risk category than women. The recommended salt intake is no more than 6g of salt (2,300 mg of sodium) or about 1½ tsp each day. Instead of salt you can use spices, lemon juice, or herbs to flavor your food.

Do you like salty food? How many types of the above salts have you tried? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments.