The food items salt has always been at the receiving end of the controversial stick. Too much is bad for us, too little makes the food bland, some salts are said to be great and in the ends, it is always considered the villain, even in the weight loss program. But nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar took to her social media account and explained it all. 

Rujuta Diwekar took to her Instagram and posted how salt is not what most believe and that there are different kinds of salts with different uses. 

She wrote: "According to Ayurveda, we can enjoy 6 different tastes - sweet, sour, bitter, astringent, pungent and of course salty. Salt remains one of the most celebrated ingredients in cooking, especially in Indian cooking. Shushruta, Charaka, Vagbhat, the main contributors to Ayurveda, have written a lot about the uses of a variety of salts and their medicinal value.

"Yogis are known to use at least 5 different types of lavana or salts in their routine to progress in the practice of asana. These pancha lavana are - Saindhava, samudra, suvarchala, vida and romaka." 

Rujuta stated the benefits of these varied salts

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  • Keep the nerves strong.
  • Maintain electrolyte balance.
  • Reduce cramping and bloating.
  • Helps with digestion problems, including IBS.

On how to use the variety, here is a small list that you must remember:

How To Use The Different Types Of Salts

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  • Saindhava is used in cooking, especially during fasts, e.g. arbi, suran, rajgira, kuttu, etc.
  • Samudra (sea salt or jaada namak), to soak dals and pulses and is also used in baths.
  • Suvarchala (black salt) in sherbets and some chutneys and also for gargling. 
  • Vida and romaka are used more for therapeutic purposes.

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Further adding to the same, she explained that there has been enough misinformation on the food items. 

"Over the last few years, due to misinformation around salt, most of us now not just use much lesser salt than what we traditionally used to in cooking but also have lost the diversity. And with that we have developed not just digestion problems but also of assimilation and excretion. Which is why if you are constipated you crave something salty. Interestingly, the end taste of salt according to Ayurveda is supposed to be madhura or sweet and therefore low salt diets may give you sugar cravings. 

"Does this mean that you should give up on using iodised salt? No. Continue using it but do know that all salts contain minerals including iodine and that when you deprive yourself of the diversity, you deprive yourself of the full health benefit that comes from meals. 

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To summarise: Salt is not the villain its made out to be. It is important to have salt in our diet. Use atleast 4 salts regularly in your life – e.g. rock salt, sea salt, black salt and table salt.

Dear readers, it is advised that if you have some medical issue regarding allergies and foods that you must not be consuming, consult your doctor and clarify yur doubts regarding these different kinds of salts.

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