Sunday, April 22, 2012

Celtic Sea Salt

Salt: NaCl

Salt is an essential nutrient to all of our bodies. Salt functions are too many to list but include: stabilizing heartbeats, extracting acidity from cells, balancing blood sugar levels, absorption of food in the intestines, and many many more things, virtually involving all parts of the body. I have always been a lover of salt, rarely, if ever, using the term "too salty." It was not until recently, though, that I realized all salts are not created equal. In fact commonplace "table salt" is basically worthless. Read the ingredients label on almost any box, bottle, or can of iodized fine ground salt and you will probably notice things like sugar and other oddities that have no business being in salt. The simple fact is that corn syrup and sugar is cheaper to salt, so for manufactures it only makes sense to add these things in with their product, it will not only taste better, but it's cheaper. It's obvious they could not care less about the health of their consumers. But there is a better alternative. Sea salt is widely gaining popularity and appearing on shelves all across the country at a rapid pace.

According to there is a wide variance in table salt and sea salt: 

"The researchers found that some types of sea salt contain more sodium by weight than table salt, and some commercial sea salts contain less sodium by weight than table salt. They discuss that the sodium content of sea salt and table salt varies by region and by method of harvesting and drying. The sodium content of sea salt and table salt falls in the range of 300,000 to 400,000 parts per million.

Researchers at North Carolina found that Morton's table contained virtually no calcium, potassium or magnesium; they discuss that this lack of minerals may be related to the rapid drying method of collection. The trace mineral composition of sea salt varies widely for these three minerals. Sea salts had a varying amount of calcium ranging from a high of 1.5 percent by weight to nondetectable levels. Potassium also ranged from 3.2 percent to nondetectable levels. Magnesium had a wide range, from 1.36 to more than 3,800 parts per million. Other trace minerals found in sea salt included iron and zinc."

Sadly, though, even some sea salts are too processed. Manufactures, in an attempt to have a more appealing product, often wash the salt before packaging. This is taking away the whole point of salt, as all of the essential minerals end up anywhere but on your plate. Alas, there is a solution. My doctor recommended Celtic Sea Salt to me, and now this is all that I use. The flavor is strong and although the granules are not as small as perhaps you may be used to, just put in anything hot and they dissolve, or get used to it and you will reap the benefits of the source nutrients our bodies need so badly. 

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