Kitchen Staples: Unrefined Salt

July 3, 2011

Pink Himalayan Salt, unrefined.

Don’t believe the negative hype about salt! Good salt is essential.

There are books written on the benefits of unrefined salts, but here are 3 tidbits you need to know:

Table salt =  sodium chloride.
The table salt that most people eat daily—is the same ingredient shipped for use in industrial products like chlorine, laundry detergents, explosives, and plastics. Your average table salt has been heated, iodized, bleached, and filled with additives and anti-caking agents, making it unrecognizable to the body and creating havoc instead of balance in your fluids and cells. We came to use this “pretty,” white, smooth substance instead of the real deal simply for aesthetic and economic reasons —many grocers dislike the good salt because when it (naturally) clumps together, they consider it “unsellable.”

Unrefined salts contain crucial minerals and trace elements.
High-quality salts like Celtic or Himalayan sea salts, naturally contain 80-100+ minerals and trace elements that every system in your body uses to function properly—to think and move (nerve impulses), digest, regulate blood pressure, maintain an electrolyte balance, etc. •Healthy human blood and lymph fluids actually mirror the mineral and trace element balance of ocean water, making unrefined sea salt a healing, “balancing food” in nearly everyone’s diet.

•Trickery is standard.
Look for “unrefined” salts—they're usually off-white, greyish, or pink. Unless the package clearly states “unrefined” or something similar, brands labeled "sea salt" are most likely just refined sodium chloride. Those rascally salt hustlers! Well, they’ve got nothing on you now.