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Why Sea Salt?

Salt is essential for bringing to life bland foods like grains, beans and starchy vegetables.  Eggs, fish, poultry and meat don't taste right without salt.  So the question is what to buy?
A really good sea salt should have no other ingredients on the label other than salt no iodine, anti-caking agents, or bleaches.  Better to get your iodine from include sea food and sea vegetables in your diet where the iodine is in its natural form.  In good sea salts you can usually see tiny flecks of grey or black.  These are minerals.  Celtic sea salt boasts that 16% of the salt is minerals.  Another clue is moistness.  Solar evaporated sea salts with minerals still present have a slight moistness to them that is different from more processed bone-dry salts.
There are many excellent brands.  One resource for high-quality Celtic sea salt worth mentioning is the Grain and Salt Society
.  I also like to use Real Salt and Eden Sea Salt.


Liz Ellis
Question - every time I go to buy sea salt with a friend, she says to me that I should not buy it, because it has no iodine - a necessary nutrient. So? Don't we get this from other sources? Don't the benefits of sea salt outweigh the lack of iodine?
January 26, 2009, 4:34 pm

Cynthia Lair
Beautiful Ms. Ellis, Good question. Iodine can be gotten (in it's natural form) from seafood and sea vegetables. I recommend that folks include one or both in their diet. The advantage of a good sea salt is the wide array of minerals it has to offer whereas iodized sea salt only offer sodium and a non-naturally occurring form of iodine.
January 26, 2009, 7:04 pm

kayla tarbet
How frequently should we include sea vegetables in our diet so that we get enough natural iodine? Thanks!
February 3, 2009, 1:04 pm

Cynthia Lair
Iodized salt contains the same amount of iodine as unrefined sea salt. Just use unrefined sea salt, as mentioned in the video, and you should be fine. Enhance the diet with a serving of sea food or sea vegetables every week or two - which provide many nutrients along with iodine. The RDA is 150 micrograms per day.
February 3, 2009, 1:38 pm

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