Have you given much thought to the kind of salt you use? Salt may seem like an insignificant topic, but if you want to take steps toward a less-processed diet, it’s something to think about. Basic table salt is first processed at high temperatures, removing vital minerals from the salt, bleached, and mixed with anti-caking agents (examples include: ferrocyanide, yellow prussiate of soda, tricalcium phosphate, alumine-calcium silicate, sodium aluminosilicate) and sometimes iodized. Iodine is an vital mineral that supports thyroid function, body metabolism and reproducitive tissue health, just to name a few. The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) is set at 150-1,100 mcg a day. But the amount of iodine in a moderate serving of iodized salt is 1,520 so it is easy to exceed the daily limit using even a modest amount of salt.
On the other hand, a quality, gently-processed, sea salt can offer a myriad of beneficial characteristics. The brand I’ve found that fits the bill is Celtic Sea Salt. It’s hand-harvested off the coast of France, dried at a low temperature and contains no additives, bleaching agents or anti-caking agents. Celtic Sea Salt provides over 80 trace minerals (including iodine), helps balance electrolyte levels, and helps balance alkaline/acid levels.
I prefer cooking with Celtic Sea Salt not only for its health benefits, but also because of its flavor. The grains bring a subtle saltiness and compliment foods better than any other salt I’ve tried. Salt makes a great example of the entire theme of this blog. I think you’ll find the flavor better than table salt and your research will make you thankful for the health benefits of the change.
I also love offering unique ways to eat foods fresh from the garden. Years ago I was often quite intimidated by fresh green beans. I’d look at them laying there in a mound, bright and green at the market and think, “What do I do besides boil them?” After thumbing through several cookbooks, I learned that green beans can be given a quick boil, and then sauteed in oil and spices to produce an easy side dish. These green beans are crisp-tender with little bits of salty garlic, ginger and a punch of heat. Grill up some chicken or fish, add some sourdough, and you’ll have a simple summertime meal on the table in less than thirty minutes.