A lot of people think salt is unheathy, but did you know that salt can be good for you?
Now, I’m not a doctor nor a licensed nutritionist, so don’t go pouring a bottle of Morton’s on your next meal. (Everything in moderation, says the cupcake baker!)
What’s your first step? To learn about the benefits of salt in your diet! This article by Salon.com is a great start about the basics of salt and the history of recommendations and health suggestions.
Did you know that ‘regular’ salt doesn’t actually have iodine in it? It was added into salt many decades ago in an attempt to help prevent iodine deficiency, some of which is responsible for birth defects. Iodine deficiency can also cause other health issues. We choose to not use salt with iodine in it, as we feel we get enough in our diet via potatoes, cranberries, etc., but that’s a personal choice. It is just in keeping with our attempt to minimize our genetically-modified and chemically-changed food ingredients.
For my family, we use Himalayan salt and sea salt. (I purchased more Himalayan salt yesterday at Costco, a Kirkland brand, for $3.99 for 13 oz. You can get it much, much more expensively but this is a way for me to incorporate it into our daily meals at a cost I can justify.) In case you’re unfamiliar with Himalayan salt, here it is in a nutshell: it’s pink, it’s all-natural, free of preservatives, still adds the salty kick to season your food but contains 84 elements important to your health, 84 elements that are already in your body! It is known to help a lot of health issues, such as bad breath, dental hygiene, acne, muscle cramps, sleep, blood pressure regulation, and so on. Who knew, right??
I do keep regular table salt on hand, but I rarely use it. If you’d like to know the difference between sea salt and regular salt, this article by Fooducate.com breaks it down nicely. I actually talked to someone not long ago who didn’t know how salt was made, so check that blog out for info on evaporation and sediment. The science behind food is always fascinating, but maybe that’s just the cupcake baker in me.
For me, a baking foodie, having quality ingredients on hand is important. Food just tastes better with the extra attention to detail, and knowing I’m helping my family with something as simple as salt — win-win! Having my kitchen full of the special things even make food prep more fun. Yes, food prep is FUN. If it’s not fun for you, message me or respond and we’ll talk. I promise you, there are ways to make it more enjoyable and affordable, because I know as a mom of four, costs can deplete the fun if you’re not careful.
Next time you head to the store, check out the salt varieties. Even if you don’t buy any, you’ll be amazed at the variety, especially if you go to a more specialty food store.
And for fun, how many varieties of salt do you think there are, approximately? Take a guess!!