Friday, February 13, 2009


Salt is salt is salt, right? Not so my friend. Like many things that we assume are natural and good for us, the salt you buy at your local grocery store is not.

Check out this label from Albertson's Iodized Salt:

And you thought you were just adding a little flavor to your food. Well it turns out you're also adding a little aluminum (sodium silicaaluminate is an anti-caking agent), sugar (dextrose) and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Not quite what you bargained for eh?

Most salt labels don't even list these ingredients, they just say salt but still contain all those unwanted extras.

What to do? Buy sea salt.

Not only is sea salt naturally iodized (for those of you concerned with that) but it tastes wonderful. In fact it's so salty you can use less of it than ordinary table salt. And it contains lots of trace minerals that keep your body healthy.

It comes in all shapes (coarse to fine), colors (brownish, red, gray) and prices ($1.99 to 12.99).

We recommend this kind:

Delicious taste, great source (the Himalayas) and the price is right (around $3.99 at Mother's). We also like the more expensive French fleur de mer but this what you might call a good starter sea salt.

Remember my rule? If people didn't eat it 200 years ago than don't you be eating it. People have been enhancing their food with sea salt for thousands of years. Let's keep up that wise tradition.

P.S. Your new bottle of sea salt might cake a little when the weather is moist, just shake it up and it will be fine.

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