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A Salty Breakdown of 8 Popular World Salts

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Salt, it’s all around us. It’s in our diets and it’s an essential component for animal and human life. But how often do you stop and think about what salt you’re using for what purpose? What are the health impacts of our salt selections? If you’re like most people, this isn’t something you think about very often, if at all, because salt is salt, is salt, right? Well, not exactly.

Years ago there wouldn’t be much decision required in the supermarket when it comes to choosing a salt. Table salt, otherwise known as iodized salt was pretty much the only option you’d find. These days the options are a lot more vast and varied, from sea salts harvested from around the world to salts from active volcanos. But what’s the difference, and what’s worth paying more for in terms of a salt that benefits your health? Let’s take a closer look and you’ll be able to decide for yourself…

 

1. Table Salt

Table salt, also known as iodized salt is the plain old salt you’ll find in countless salt shakers in homes and restaurants throughout North America. It is a versatile salt that can be used in any sweet or savory application. Table salt is highly refined and most of the trace minerals are removed. Then, it’s fortified with the mineral iodine that was originally a public heath effort to fight illnesses related to iodine-deficiency as it helps fight a few health related problems like hypothyroidism.

Because table salt is finely ground, it is susceptible to clumping, thus anti-caking agents are added to help avoid this problem. If you choose to avoid table salt in your diet, it’s important to make sure you eat other iodine-rich foods like dairy, eggs, fish, and seaweed. Seaweed tablets are also available as an iodine supplement but it’s recommend you speak to your doctor before starting any supplement routine.

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