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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Refined Salt and Unrefined Salt - What's The Difference?


There is a good reason why junk food tastes so good but is so bad for you. That reason is salt. Not just salt, but processed or refined salt. So, what is the difference between refined and unrefined salt, and why is refined salt so bad for you?

Unrefined salt is natural salt from the sea and contains over 80 minerals and elements that are natural and good for the body. Refined salt is salt that has been altered by man to improve the product's shelf life. Chemicals are added that contain anti-caking, free flowing, or conditioning agents, such as sodium ferrocyanide, ammonium citrate, and aluminum silicate. The minerals and elements that are good for you are removed in the refining process.

Refined Salt Is Toxic

The toxic chemicals in refined salt, found in junk food, is linked to the increased incidence of autoimmune diseases and chronic illnesses. Autoimmune diseases are caused as a result of the abnormal functioning of the body's immune system and inability to fight off diseases. When the body detects a foreign substance, its reaction is to create auto antibodies to fight back, attacking normal cells in the process.

Fast food restaurants are notorious for salt-laden foods. Just one 6-inch Subway Roasted Garlic loaf of bread contains 1,260 mg of sodium even without meat, cheese and other toppings. This is the equivalent of 14 strips of bacon. Low-fat foods also contain a high level of salt to increase the flavor, so don't be fooled by choosing low-fat thinking it is better for you.

Choose Unrefined Salt

There's no question, most people like salt, and GOOD salt is good for you. Make a healthy choice by first limiting the amount of salt-laden junk food you eat. For cooking and eating at home, select unrefined, natural sea salt over refined table salt. Celtic sea salt, for example, is sold in markets and health food stores around the country and can be purchased in fine ground form. It may cost a bit more but is worth spending the money for a healthier immune system.
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