On this quest to feed my family in a way that helps instead of hinders our health, I’ve discovered that nothing is safe from inspection.
It’s not just about the major changes like not eating refined sugars, eating whole grains instead of white flour, and consuming healthy fats instead of invented ones. Instead I’m growing more and more accustomed to questioning everything that I bring into my kitchen, and ultimately use to nourish (or not) our bodies and minds.
One of those little things is salt.
Like saturated fat, salt has been framed. But let’s back up. First of all what are the options here? Until recently, I didn’t even realize there WERE options… I guess I’d heard of “sea salt”, but pretty much thought nothing of it. I figured it was “bad”, just like regular salt.
Here’s what Megan at SortaCrunchy says about the debate:
Refined salt (even the white sea salt sold in regular grocery stores) has been stripped of all the trace minerals from the sea and had ‘free flowing agents’ added in. Moist grey sea salt contains trace minerals that are in their natural form. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that salt is naturally paired with natural iodine (which industrial salt tries to mimic with synthetic iodine) and that people people crave a little salt on their food for flavor. Natural unrefined sea salt is a healthy addition to our foods!
Now see, this totally makes sense to me! Minerals are good for you… therefore we want to consume them, not strip them from our food before eating. Of course, before anyone mentions it… moderation and common sense are important, as with anything. I personally find that a few shakes of real sea salt on my food (veggies, air-popped popcorn, etc) takes the yum factor up several notches.
Since I’m really not a researcher, and others have already said so many good things on the subject, I’ll just give you a couple of excellent links to check out, instead of reinventing the wheel:
This one is also a good article on how the AMA (American Medical Association) has recently spoken out against salt without taking into account the differences between real sea salt and the processed stuff. Yet again, the mainstream recommendation is not based on a balanced view of the true facts.
I’ll leave it with you – are you afraid of salt? Don’t be! Just make sure you get the right kind. Real sea salt that has not been processed and stripped of its natural minerals should be colorful (pinkish/greyish tones), and chunky (needing to be freshly ground).
So, what do you believe about salt? Yummy? Forbidden? Unhealthy? Necessary?