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Keep An Eye On Iodized Salt

Posted Jul 15 2009 8:05pm

Iodized Salt

At home, I use Sea Salt. I prefer it. It’s healthier than regular table salt, has a purer flavor and has minerals in it. Here is some information on Sea Salt if you’re not familiar with it:

Sea salt is a broad term that generally refers to unrefined salt derived directly from a living ocean or sea. It is harvested through channeling ocean water into large clay trays and allowing the sun and wind to evaporate it naturally. Manufacturers of sea salt typically do not refine sea salt as much as other kinds of salt, so it still contains traces of other minerals, including iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iodine. Proponents of sea salt rave about its bright, pure, clean flavor, and about the subtleties lent to it by these other trace minerals. Some of the most common sources for sea salt include the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean (particularly in France, on the coast of Brittany). Sea salt is thought to be healthier and more flavorful that traditional table salt. Available in coarse, fine & extra fine grain size.

However, when eating out, sea salt is not always an option as most restaurants, especially fast food or convenience restaurants, use regular iodized table salt. If I’m going to skip the dressing on a salad, I’ll often use some salt and pepper on it instead. (And salsa if it’s available because it’s usually made without sugars.) So when I was at Chick-fil-A, I picked up a packet of their Iodized Salt. Before I used it, I read the ingredients on it and noticed that it included Dextrose - a sugar! Why on earth they would need to put sugar in salt, I have no idea. But it made me realize that perhaps other brands of “table salt” and “iodized salt” were also including strange additives in their products. Please make sure you read the list of ingredients very carefully. While I don’t think using salt with dextrose a few times will really make a big different or lead to huge setbacks, I wouldn’t want to be consuming it on a regular ongoing basis. Please use sea salt instead.

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