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REVIEWS: Salt Reviews

This vital nutrient must be balanced with other minerals.

Sodium gets a bad rap, but it’s hardly bad for you. In fact, it’s vital to your health.

In hypothyroidism, it’s wasted by the body in high amounts — meaning extra supply is critical. Remember, many chronically ill have some amount of hypothyroidism.

If sodium intake makes you feel worse, you most likely need a higher intake of potassium and other electrolytes — not necessarily less sodium.

Here are important variables to consider when looking for sources of salt:

  • No caking agents
  • No iodine (I want to supplement and track this nutrient myself)
  • No pink color
  • No plastic (there are reports of sea salt products and tiny plastic pieces)

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Sea Salt

Made from evaporating ocean water (or salty lake water, like the Dead Sea), sea salt will contain a small amount of trace minerals that may benefit your health. They’ll also positively affect the salt’s taste.

In terms of your health, you really can’t go wrong with sea salt. There’s only one major downside, too: Our modern oceans are so filled with plastic. This means that tiny plastic particles are more often appearing in our sea salt — and yes, we’re eating it.

PROs: 

  • No fillers
  • No iodine
  • No pink rust

CONs:

RATING:  8.0/10

Celtic brand sea salt is a fine choice.


2

Pink Himalayan Salt

Pink Salt used to be very popular at my house.  Unfortunately, it stands to reason that the pink color is due to oxidized iron — also known as rust.  This oxidized iron isn’t a great form of iron to put in the body for most people.  If you need iron, there are much better ways to get it.

What about the extra trace minerals? Studies suggest the amounts of trace minerals in pink salt are so minuscule that pink salt is no more helpful than sea salt. Some products claim to have adequate iodine levels — this is a misleading marketing claim.

PROs:

  • No fillers
  • No iodine
  • No plastic
  • Fun (pink color!)

CONs:

  • Rusted, oxidize iron
  • No iodine (some claim to have adequate iodine — those claims are wrong)

RATING: 6.5/10


3

‘REAL’ Salt

Made in Idaho, USA, REAL Salt is a great product.  It’s mined from underground — much like pink Himalayan salt —  and boasts a slightly higher content of trace minerals than sea salt.  Unfortunately, this also means it does have some oxidized iron “rust” in it, but significantly less than pink salt.  Being mined underground means it is pure of plastic contamination.

PROs:

  • High quality source
  • Higher trace minerals
  • No iodine
  • Incredible taste.  10/10 for taste
  • No plastic particles

CONs:

  • Likely has some oxidized iron content, which may be an issue for some

RATING: 8.4/10

Real Salt is an incredibly tasty salt — I really enjoy it. I do wish it were more pure white in color (less oxidized iron). There’s no such thing as a free lunch with health products, it seems.


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Kosher Salt

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Kosher salt is all about the size of the crystals — which are perfect for drawing out moisture from meat. This makes it excellent for the koshering process of meat.

Kosher salt is free of iodine (which is a necessary nutrient), has no fillers (anti-caking agents), and often has a larger granule size (for the koshering process).

PROs:

  • No fillers
  • No iodine
  • No pink rust

CONs:

  • Usually made from sea salt, therefore could have plastic. I do question, however, if the larger particle size filters out more plastic than products with finer crystal size.

RATING: 9.0/10

You really can’t go wrong with a simple Kosher salt.


5

My Recommendation

I happily use sea salts, REAL Salt, or Kosher salt. The difference between the three is not large enough to fret over.

The biggest trade-off is that REAL Salt has a small amount of rust (oxidized iron), and sea salt has a small amount of plastic. How each might affect someone is hard to say — and nobody out there is an authority on that.


As with most things, go by how you feel. Don’t rely on table salt or pink Himalayan salt, and beyond that — don’t stress about it.


Learn how each variable affects you.

Let’s put all the pieces together — and improve.

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