Salt has received a lot of press in past years. One minute it is absolutely essential to life, and the next it is giving you hypertension and trying to kill you.
Salt contains sodium, which is necessary for life. It also provides chloride, which produces acid necessary to digest protein. Chloride is also essential to proper brain growth and function. Salt contains magnesium, which is important for many, many functions and is a crucial, but often overlooked mineral. See my post about magnesium here. Salt is important for muscle contraction and expansion, nerve stimulation, and the proper functioning of the adrenal glands. As with any thing on earth, moderation is the key. The body needs 500 mg of sodium per day. Today the average person eats 6,000 to 10,000 mg of sodium per day!
The truth lies in the different types of salt.
- Heated to over 1,200 degrees
- Highly processed
- Mined from rock salt beds
- 97.5 sodium chloride
- Added iodine
- Aluminum hydroxide added as a ‘flowing agent’
- Added silicon dioxide and dextrose
- Added fluoride
- Often contains corn sugar to make it more palatable
- Extracted from ocean water by evaporation
- High mineral content: potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium, copper, iron, zinc, and manganese.
- Contains zero additives
- Contains microscopic plant life, which naturally contain iodine
- Contains live enzymes, which aid in digestion
I love sea salt, and find the highest quality that I can afford. By far the best tasting salt I’ve ever had is Selina Naturally Hawaiian Sea Salt. It happens to also be the sea salt with the #1 highest mineral content. So if you are looking for my top recommendation, that would be it. (around $24 lb)
Runner up: Celtic Brand Sea Salt, not quite as high in mineral content, but very delicious. ($11.00 lb)
Other high quality sea salts I like are Selina Naturally Portuguese Sea Salt ($8 lb) and Himalayan Sea Salt ($5 lb).
Most other brands I’ve seen marketed as natural sea salt, have such low mineral content that you might as well buy iodized table salt and not bother.