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When it comes to¬†salt, the term to know is ‚Äėunrefined‚Äô.
To the horror of salty snack lovers everywhere,¬†salt¬†has fallen out of fashion with the medical community. Since the late ‚Äė70s, the¬†salt¬†shaker has been put to blame for its fair share of diet-related cardiovascular disease. Though the quantity of¬†salt¬†in our diets has always been in the spotlight, maybe we should begin paying more attention to the¬†quality.
Did you know that the¬†salt¬†we most often consume today is not the same¬†salt¬†people have enjoyed¬†¬†throughout the ages?¬†¬†¬†In its natural state,¬†salt¬†exists with a mix of other minerals and trace minerals, which can compose up to roughly 20% of naturally harvested¬†salt‚Äôs content.¬†¬†It is in this balance that humans have traditionally consumed¬†salt¬†and reaped its health benefits for millennia.
The natural mixture of minerals such as magnesium and calcium work with sodium to support the body‚Äôs vital balance in electrolytes and to keep the body‚Äôs fluids in balance.¬†¬†When¬†salt¬†is refined, these minerals are removed through industrial processes that allow the isolated minerals to be resold on their own.¬†¬†When sodium is isolated this way, it has proved to have almost the opposite effect on those same bodily systems, which, in its natural state, is intended to support.¬†¬†It is this form of processed¬†salt¬†that has gained such a bad rap in the medical community over the years.
Unrefined sea¬†salt¬†is often called ‚Äėgrey‚Äô sea¬†salt.¬†¬†Its grey hue comes from the naturally occurring mix of minerals.¬†¬†That‚Äôs how you can tell you are getting great quality, natural¬†salt, free from the anti-caking agents and other additives found in most table salts.
Just as we‚Äôve learned of other foods like unrefined or ‚Äėvirgin‚Äô olive oil, the quality of some of our most basic ingredients can have a big impact on our health. Salt¬†is vital to our health and an irreplaceable seasoning in a well-rounded diet. For all of the salty snack lovers out there, we hope that the truth about unrefined¬†salt¬†comes as a welcome surprise. Salt¬†in moderation is not a guilty pleasure, but a vital component to a balanced diet.
Want to try it for yourself? We love Light Grey Celtic Sea¬†Salt!