It's true. I do add salt - SEA SALT - to my food and I'm not worried that it will sabotage my health at all. In fact, I add it because I know my body needs it for optimal health.
It never fails. Whether it is the holiday season or some other celebratory time, people center their social events around food. With that comes the conversations on who is making what and what ingredients they'll use for it. Along with that comes the comments "Oh that has too much fat in it - I can't eat that!" or "Oh, I'd love to eat some of that but I have to watch my salt intake." Really? Well, I respectfully disagree. Ever since my research began into the world of food about 8 or 9 years ago, I have not only learned about the horrors of MSG and other artificial ingredients which my family now avoids, I've also learned that all of those 'taboo' ingredients the general public avoid aren't really all taboo at all - in fact, some of them are downright HEALTHY and essential!!!
Yes, my family DOES eat high fat foods - dairy, meats, etc. that come from quality grass-fed animals. Yep, even bacon. Somewhat often. Furthermore, I don't worry at all about adding salt to our foods. That's because we use sea salt. And yes, there really is a difference.
Before I go into the details here, let me remind you - I'm NOT claiming to be a medical doctor here (see my disclosure page), but I HAVE done a LOT of intensive research through the past 9 years - and I do keep re checking on what I've learned - and let me tell you, not everything we learned in junior high health class is true. So while I'm not a doctor, I do have information for you that you can take with a grain of salt (silly pun intended) or you can use it to spark your own research so that you can see for yourself. Just be sure to consider your sources. A reliable source is not one that is closely connected to the food industry making money to keep feeding the public lies.
It all started back in 1924 when there was a big epidemic. A large number of people were suffering from goiter, a swelling of the neck or larynx due to swelling the thyroid gland usually caused by iodine deficiency. People were not eating enough iodine rich foods such as seafood (shrimp, seaweed, etc.) as well as quality grass-fed dairy and eggs. So someone got the not so bright idea (though they thought it was at the time) to add iodine to salt. But this factory made salt is overly processed and not truly fortified as much as you would think. This all comes from the ongoing issue of how so many medical studies only focus on one factor at a time and ignore other critical components of the issue.
Generally, sea salt is dried using solar evaporation of sea water while production of table salt generally involves mining and vacuum pan evaporators for at very high temperature. As a result, sea salt keeps its higher mineral content (sodium, magnesium, calcium, sulphur, bromine, boron, strontium, silicon and potassium) in its naturally occurring form while table salt needs to have its iodine added in as a separate component along with other not so healthy ingredients. One source I found listed the following as components added to or used in the processing of table salt: chemical bleach, sodium bicarbonate, fluoride, monosodium glutamate (MSG), anti-caking agents, potassium iodide, solo-co-aluminate and other aluminum derivatives.
It’s these additives used in the processing and added to the final processed salt product that are causing the diseases (heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.) associated with ‘salt’. It is not the sodium chloride in and of itself as a lot of sources seem to indicate.
Sea Salt actually has many benefits to our health. Sea salt helps boost the minerals that many of us are actually experiencing deficits in. Some sea salts, depending on the source, can have as many as 84 trace minerals – all working together so that your body can assimilate them in the manner our maker intended it. What most people are not understanding is that in its original form, sea salt contains not only trace amounts of iodine, but also the other minerals listed above (and potentially many others) that are not only valuable themselves, but needs to be consumed together in its natural form in order for the body to assimilate the nutrients on a cellular level and achieve full benefit. Benefits from having natural sea salt in your diet (NOT refined and overly processed table salt) include the aid of balancing blood sugars, heart health, keeping bones strong, easing depression, less muscle spasms and cramps, reducing asthma and more.
Incidentally, if you find yourself craving salty foods, your body may be telling you something. A craving for salt can be indicative of a deficit in the nutrients provided by salt in its true form. While a condition can certainly not be diagnosed simply by salt cravings, frequent cravings for salt may indicate a potential sign of hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue or other possible conditions.
So absolutely, I add salt to my food! Now what do I use? I'm still playing around a bit and experimenting. But I'll tell you what's in my cupboard right now.
Real Salt is my usual standby and has been for several years. You may be able to find it at a lower cost elsewhere but click on the picture or the link above or below if you want to make a purchase through Amazon. You can read more about this product at the company's website: Realsalt.com
What "Taboo" Foods have YOU found to be incredibly healthy and made a regular part of your diet?
Sources & Possible Further Interest to My Readers:
- Table Salt vs. Sea Salt
- Real Salt, Celtic Slat and Himalayan Salt
- Sea Salt vs. Table Salt: health Effects and Health Benefits
- Health Benefits of Sea Salt vs. Table Salt
- Iodine Phobia & Salt Truth
- The Truth About Sea Salt