Is it my imagination, or does salt taste less salty?Sodium Chloride salt.png

The other day, my wife and I were eating dinner and we kept asking one another to, “please pass the salt.” The question suddenly sprang out, “Why can’t I get my mashed potatoes salty enough?” The same question applied to our meat and veggies.

So I ask you, Is all salt created equal? Another question to ask is, Have salt manufacturers tinkered with our salt?

The answer is Yes and No.

Salt – All edible salts are simply different forms of sodium chloride. Table salt, sea salt, and Kosher salt all have roughly the same number of chlorine atoms. Kosher has larger grains, so it measures differently – so if you switched to that, and used the same measure of salt, it would have less sodium. This effect is negated if salt is applied until it tastes ‘right.’ The only differences being sea salt contains additional minerals, table salt tends to contain iodine, and kosher salt is just plain salt. That may be why some people say that other salts, like those extracted from the Himalayas for example, tastes better than regular table salt.

What we may have inadvertently stumbled over was a Salt Substitute or a Low Sodium Salt.

Potassium Chloride is a salt substitute, a salt that does not contain sodium. It tastes a lot like salt (I’ve eaten it), and is used like table salt (NaCl). You can buy it in any fairly well stocked grocery store.

Salt in containerMatthew 5:13 (NIV) reminds us “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

So let’s all raise our shakers high and shake them. Get the salt out of the shaker where it will do the most good. Salt heals, preserves, flavors and melts ice. How it does it and why it works is not my concern. The fact that it does or doesn’t work is.

Isn’t it interesting, that in today’s post-Christian era, it takes more effort to spread the gospel than ever before? Could it be we have lost our savor or more pointedly, could we have additional minerals which tend to iodize us . . . make us less effective?

Now that’s something to think about.