Debra Lynn Dadd

REALSALT

QUESTION:

I have come across a natural salt called "realsalt". It's very good, and is supposed to be 100% natural. I buy it in bulk, from a health food store, but not all health food stores carry it. You can also buy it directly from their website.

This is from their website:

"Long before the earth knew pollutants of any kind, a huge, ancient sea covered what is now North America. Pure, natural salt was the main ingredient of this sea, and over millions of years, the water in the sea evaporated, leaving the salt in undisturbed deposits. At some point during the earth's Jurassic era, a range of volcanoes erupted around the ancient sea bed, sealing the salt with thick volcanic ash, protecting these precious deposits against the pollution that man would eventually introduce into the environment. Near the small town of Redmond, in central Utah, approximately 200 miles south of Salt Lake City, we carefully extract this salt from deep within the earth, and bring it to you in its pure, natural state–without any additives, chemicals, or heat processing. This is RealSalt®, full of flavor and natural goodness–the way salt was meant to be savored!"

It even contains Iodine, which, for me is essential, because of Thyroid problems.

What do you think about it?

Their website is: realsalt.com

POSTED BY MARIE :: MARYLAND USA :: 11/20/2007 3:35 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

There's much that can be said about salt, in fact, I'm working on a little book on the subject, but for the moment, this description of salt looks fine to me.

Personally, I use "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt, which is also from an ancient sea, but is completely mined and processed by hand to retain it's energetic qualities. It has also been studied in Europe and found to have health benefits not found in table salt.

The Real Salt website says that it is "hand-selected" but that's all. I don't know how it has been processed.

Like anything else, there are degrees of good salt and bad salt. Refined sodium chloride table salt is the worst. Real Salt is certainly better as a whole, natural salt. Based on the information I have, I'd still put "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt at the top of the list.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

I'm confused! Is morton's sea salt really sea salt at all in the true sense? It has no iodine in it which everyone needs daily. Can one get the daily intake of iodine from taking a multi-supplement with minerals? Please set me straight on the sea salt market. Which one is the best at the local supermarkets? Are they really healthy? I use morton's sea salt instead of lite salt. It's very misleading. I've read up on sea salt and don't have a clue which one to use. Help!

Thank You,

R. E.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: This is a confusing thing and I need to do more research on it myself, but here is my current understanding.

I have been unable to find out if there is any regulation on the term "sea salt" used on product labels, or if there is a legal definition for it (that there is no response to my search engine query for "legal definition sea salt" leads me to believe there isn't one).

The dictionary definition of sea salt is salt from evaporated sea water, including the natural trace minerals. However, ALL salt comes from evaporated sea water, either from evaporation ponds or from mining underground deposits of salt that were once evaporated seas.

Even the refined "table salt" that is nothing more than sodium chloride (and not very good for health) could conceivably be called "sea salt" and that would be correct--it did originally come from the sea.

I think when you purchase salt, the labels are pretty clear that the product is either pure sodlum chloride or it contains minerals. Salts like RealSalt, Celtic Salt, and "The Original" Himaalayan Crystal Salt and others are very specific about what they contain. It's more uncertain when a food product label states simple "sea salt" with no further explanation.

Morton doesn't say much about what their Sea Salt contains. It may or may not contain iodine. Iodine is vital to health. Traditionally, it was obtained through eating seafoods. Iodine is essential for making thyroid hormones, and lack of it can reduce IQ. To protect public health, iodine was added to salt to make iodized salt. But since our bodies only need a trace amount, it's easy to overdose on iodine by eating iodized salt--especially for people who eat a lot of table salt.

Sea salt with it's full complement of minerals may contain iodine, as it is naturally occurring in sea water. Kelp and other sea foods are great sources of natural iodine (other natural sources of iodine).

Table salt is made from sodium chloride plus added processed iodine. That's not the best way to get your iodine. Better to eat foods that contain iodine naturally.


POSTED BY ROSE EWOLDT :: IOWA USA :: 11/24/2007 1:31 PM


If I may be of some help: all "free-flowing" additives added to fine salt, soup powders, even so-called "health salts" etc all contain aluminium silicate, and aluminium is of course a main contributor to, among others, Alzheimers disease. So always check labels, and of course rather use the course, natural salt.

We have found traces of lead in the Himilaya pink salt, which can be a result of the production or packaging process, and have asked our Health practitioner in the Cape to investigate. I find Maldon salt flakes (in the green box) to be te purest currently available here in South Africa and probably world-wide.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: This is a reason to grind your own salt, which I do. And, readers, please keep in mind that there are many suppliers of Himalayan salt. Just because one sample has lead doesn't mean all do.

POSTED BY LORRAINE :: N/A SOUTH AFRICA :: 12/11/2007 12:12 PM


Has anyone investigated the possibility of Pb (lead) in Redmond's Real Salt (the "real salt" alternative from Redomond, UT which is gaining in popularity)? Lorraine in South Africa, you mentioned that you found lead in the Himalayan Salt. How did you test?
Thanks to all!

POSTED BY GABY :: UTAH USA :: 01/08/2008 7:05 AM


I sent an email to Redmond Realsalt this morning, reguarding the question of lead testing, and got a quick response.

Here is the response:

"Dear Marie,

Redmond Mineral Salt is a natural sea salt deposited by an ancient sea with the minerals that were in the sea water. Hence, there is some natural variation in the product and there may be minute traces of ALL minerals including some of the heavy metals. But when these do show up, the amounts are miniscule.

Not all salts are created equal. Typical “white” table Salt has been:

Treated with anti-caking chemicals to keep it from clumping. The chemicals typically used: Calcium Silicate, Magnesium Carbonate, Silicoaluminate, Yellow Prussiate of Soda also known as Sodium Ferrocyanide, etc. These hard chemicals can cause significant damage to our bodies. Bleached to make the salt a universal “white” color. The “pinkness” in RealSalt comes from the 50+ natural trace minerals.

Heated to remove moisture that causes caking.

Processed to remove these trace minerals and sell them off leaving only sodium chloride (that has been bleached and added with a decaking agent).

Supplemented with Iodine (usually in the form of Potassium Iodide), and with additional chemicals for freshness and to prolong shelf-life. (RealSalt contains naturally occurring Iodine)

Supplemented with dextrose, a chemical agent, to decrease the bitter taste that results from the refinement and bleaching processes.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions. You can also visit out website at www.realsalt.com for find out more information about Redmond RealSalt.
Thank you,
Kris
Customer Service

There were a couple of attachments, one being a list of all the minerals in realsalt, and I did not find anything listed about lead. I have to assume that, if it is not listed, it is not in it.

I cannot paste it here, but if you want to see it, go to the website, www.realsalt.com, then, click on the link at the top,about real salt, then, at the left, click on RealSalt FAQ, under the 2nd. question, about the colored specks in the salt, there is another link, for the complete mineral analysis, which opens in a pdf file, (Adobe Reader).

The other attachment is a copy of a document from Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), showing that they have been allowed which I think means that their ingredients have been allowed, for use in an organic product, but says it does not mean it is certified as an organic product.

It is confusing, but, from what I can find out, I do not see anything that makes me feel uncomfortable about using the product.

If you're still not convinced that you want to use it, go to the website www.omri.org/OMRI_generic_list.html for more information on how they decide what is allowed as an ingredient for an organic product.

Marie


POSTED BY MARIE LIPPINCOTT :: MARYLAND USA :: 01/14/2008 1:16 PM


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