My Real Salt showed up today in the mail. I was getting a little stressed out. 🙂 I had a little bit left and we wouldn’t have made it through the weekend. I didn’t have a trip planned anywhere that we could get it so I would have been out of luck.
We love Real Salt. Alot. The taste is fantastic. The color took my kids a little bit to get used to – it looks almost like light sand – but they got over it fast. Now I don’t think they’d know what white salt even was if they saw it.
We used to use plain old table salt. However – it contains anti-caking agents such as potassium chloride, calcium phosphates and fumeric acid. Some salts also contain sugar in the form of dextrose. I did a little looking after we started the GAPS Diet and found that fumeric acid is actually a derivative of corn. A big “no no” if you are a) allergic to corn (like me) or b) on a grain free diet (again, like me!). Chemically altered salt of any kind is nothing like the real deal anyhow. They have been generally heat processed and have lost much of their natural trace minerals.
So…taking a bit of info right off the back of my Real Salt bag:
“Real Salt’s pinkish appearance and flecks of color come from more than 60 naturally occurring trace minerals. The result is a “sweet salt” flavor that you may not have experienced before.”
According to the “Nutrition Facts”, 1/4 tsp contains the following daily average percentages:
Sodium Chloride 98.32%
Pretty good for salt, huh?
I should add one more thing in my non-medical opinion. I work with elderly folks and/or people with various medical issues, including high blood pressure. I frequently hear “I can’t eat salt”, “I’m not supposed to eat salt.” Emphasizing my “non-medical opinion” again 🙂 – I’m going to add a well-written link regarding this topic right from the Real Salt website. Regarding medical issues, good quality sea salt intake is also very important for people dealing with adrenal fatigue (one last time, like me!)…I find myself going through alot of it quickly. Keeping in mind that on the GAPS Diet, we eat no processed foods, so there is no “built in sodium” (think: frozen pizzas, stuffing mix and canned soup – YIKES!). Anyhow, if you have blood pressure issues, please do your own research and/or talk with your doctor – I am simply providing this info as a “better option” that is worth exploring.
I got my Real Salt this time from Vitacost, although I generally buy it in bulk through our local food co-op. I am not an affiliate of Vitacost, nor am I getting “kickbacks” from Real Salt. 🙂 Signing off to go and make some chicken stir fry…happily using my Real Salt. Good night!
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I had never thought about salt having additives…This is a very interesting post, and your Real Salt looks so appealing!
It is wonderful! Will never go back to the other…
My dad bought some of it somewhere many years ago and we have a hard time using anything else!
For those wanting to find it somewhere “normal”, Cashwise does carry it (if you can get to one 🙂 )
I just happened to order some Bentonite clay from Redmond (the people also behind Real Salt), and they shipped me two sample salt shakers with the clay! I was so excited! We’ve been using Himalayan pink sea salt for the same reasons you stated, for switching from regular salt. Real Salt is just as good as the Himalayan pink salt; not to mention a domestically-produced product. I’ll be glad to switch us to American-produced Real Salt once we finish up the last of our Himalayan pink.
Great info – it needs to be spread! It is amazing the additives in products that you would never suspect!
I would love to have you share this on Thursday at Tasty Traditions: http://myculturedpalate.com/
Thanks – will uplink this weekend :-)…
Great salt and great article! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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What a great post! We use Real Salt in our products, and are constantly trying to educate people on the differences between it and table salt. Thanks for writing such a concise, educational piece. We shared it on our facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=413899465365570&set=a.116030248485828.28592.106552616100258&type=1&theater
Thanks! 🙂 Have a great weekend!