One of the first and easiest safer swaps you can make is to look no further than your salt shaker.
BEGIN TANGENT: “Sssshake it, ssshake it, shake it like a Polaroid picture” – Does anyone else hear this when they say – Salt shaker?! Oh it’s just me? This is not surprising 🙂 Another tidbit about me, I am ALWAYS listening to music – music is good for everything, the soul, working out, cleaning, cooking, getting ready, working, when I’m mad, or feeling really emo… I have very eclectic taste in music, I love it all! END TANGENT.
Now back to business…
I am sure you have heard over and over again that salt is bad for you – if we are referring to normal table salt you would be correct! Normal table salt which is 97% sodium chloride (NaCl) is chemically produced (Not naturally occurring), bleached, and has no trace minerals at all – so yes, this type of salt is no bueno!
Table salt can also have different types of additives in it such as dextrose (A form of sugar derived from plants – most likely GMO corn) anti-caking agents, excessive amounts of potassium iodide, fluoride, and some even contain aluminum derivatives. Some of these additives cause the salt to become discolored and then bleaching agents are use to give the salt it’s white color.
I could not believe this when I first looked at the label on my own carton of salt! I felt duped, and a bit cheated. Here I was buying salt, that I feed to my family, and it wasn’t just salt! My motto on this journey has been, “Once you know better you do better” – so I kicked that cute little umbrella toting girl to the curb and started my search for a better brand of salt.
In my search I found that salt is extremely important in our diet – it supports our cells and vital functions in the body. Real salt is also unrefined, naturally occurring, and has trace minerals. I wanted to make sure I found a salt that had all of those traits. Coincidentally my favorite brand of salt is called Real Salt! Other great options are Celtic Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt and other naturally occurring and harvested salts. I like to buy the shaker first, and then when I repurchase I buy the bulk bags to refill. Be sure to check your labels and make sure there are no additives. Each salt has it’s own unique taste, texture, and color – which is great for adding something new to your cooking and baking.
Real Salt, which is a brand of the Redmond Company has a great education page if you’re interested in reading more. It really dives in to the importance of salt, how they harvest their salt, and the health benefits of real salt. It also covers concerns over Iodine. This is my favorite tidbit from the Real Salt Booklet:“Salt is–and always has been–essential for optimal health. The human body is made up of 72% salt water and 28% mineral. We need salt and minerals to survive. It’s no wonder why, when admitted to any hospital, you are usually hooked up to an IV, which feeds saline solution (salt water) quickly into your body. So, the question is not, “Should I be eating salt?” but rather, “What kind of salt should I be eating?” Because of the additives and lack of trace minerals, most salts are not good for you.”
You should be able to find most all of these salts at your local grocery store. If you are having a hard time finding them you can go to a local health foods store, or you can always buy online. Amazon and Vitacost both carry them. I have an addiction to ordering from Amazon so I frequently order there since I use their Prime membership. Vitacost is a great place to shop for health foods at a great price! They offer free shipping after you spend $49, so I usually add stuff to my cart as I need it, and then once a month or every other month I make a bulk purchase.
Well there you have it, your first safer swap – to replace the salt in your salt shaker for real salt!
Can’t wait to continue on this journey with you, learning from each other, and helping you find your inner crunch that I know is dying to be set free!
Do you have a favorite real salt? If so, leave a message in the comments so I can check it out!