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October’s 31 Days of Real Food-Day 26

by Olivia Furlow

Day 26-Not All Salt Is Created Equal

refined-vs-unrefined

Real salt means real, authentic salt. A quick glance at the ingredients label on most salts might surprise you! Many salts contain anti-caking agents and even dextrose (sugar). Others have been heat processed and stripped of their natural trace minerals.

3 Popular Unrefined Salt…

Celtic Salt

Celtic/Gray Salts is a salt harvested from the current ocean. It is harvested by hand and is left unprocessed so it contains those important trace minerals. An issue to think about…the current ocean is exposed to many environmental challenges (mercury, lead, plastic & petroleum toxins, chemicals, etc.) that ancient seas never experienced.

Himalayan or Pink Salt

Himalayan brands are harvested from an ancient salt deposit that would have been created long before there were any modern toxins. Himalayan Salt is shipped from one of several mines in Pakistan.

Real Salt

Real Salt comes from the USA (Redmond, UT) because Real Salt is mined domestically, it tends to be more affordable. Real Salt is currently harvested about 300 feet below the surface of the earth. The salt is screened and crushed to size before being shipped to a food- grade facility in Northern Utah. Real Salt is packaged after passing through a final automatic screening to be sure no metal residue or contaminants were introduced during the process.

Salt Additives

Most sea salts are refined and have additives. If your salt ingredient list has one of the following common ingredients it has been refined or processed:

Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium Iodide

Silicon Dioxide

Yellow Prussiate of Soda (YPS)

Sodium Ferro Cyanide (E535)

Sodium Silicoaluminate

Magnesium Carbonate

Magnesium Oxide

Calcium Silicate

Potassium Iodide

Tricalcium Phosphate

Dextrose (sugar)

Potassium Chloride

Potassium Bitartrate

Potassium Glutamate

Adipic Acid

Fumaric Acid

Polyethylene Glycol 400

Disolium Inosinate

Polysilicate

Potassium Iodide

Not too long ago, the words “sea salt” carried a healthy connotation. Unfortunately, most sea salt is nothing more than white, refined table salt. All salt originated from the sea and many companies are capitalizing on the buzz words: sea salt. Be sure to check your ingredients label. Even many of the popular sea salts in major health food stores have been refined, which means you’re missing all the good trace minerals and you’re eating additives that aren’t especially good for your body. Make sure the salt company you’re using keeps it real.

If the salt product lists any additives other than salt it is likely refined and therefore not the best choice. Also, look at the color of the salt. If it is brilliantly white, just think of white flour versus whole-grain flour, then that’s another giveaway the salt product has likely been refined and again not the optimal choice.

Unrefined salt has not been processed and still has all the trace minerals. Typically, a good healthy salt will have color to it. That is what makes real salt so recognizable, it’s flecked with colors, it’s unrefined, and it’s as real as it gets.

Here is something else to keep in mind. Processed and package foods will almost always contain refined salts, often high amounts. To avoid excess refined salt you will have to avoid excess processed foods! Just one more reason to eat real, whole foods!

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