One of Michael’s aunts is from Bulgaria. She once told me that she couldn’t get used to the salt here in Canada because it wasn’t as salty as the stuff she used in Europe. I’d never given salt a lot of thought before. When Jade started on keto, I switched to sea salt because someone on an online forum had said that keto kids shouldn’t use iodized salt.
As it turns out, iodine isn’t the problem. Have you ever looked at the ingredients on a box of table salt? Yes, the INGREDIENTS. What do you expect to see? “Ingredients: Salt”. Right? Okay, an anti-caking agent of some kind wouldn’t be surprising. But nope. “Table salt” actually contains SUGAR.
No wonder the salt in Bulgaria tastes saltier. It probably is saltier.
I’ve been looking more into salt lately because last time I bought salt, everything at the grocery, even the “sea salt”, contained extra ingredients. I thought SURELY there most be salt sold somewhere that is just plain salt!
Then a couple of weeks ago I read somewhere that unrefined sea salt is healthier to use for cooking compared to other types of salt because besides sodium chloride, it also contains trace minerals and chemically looks much more like the natural salt of our blood. I don’t jump onto every nutritional band-wagon that makes fantastic health claims, but it did remind me to go looking somewhere else for salt.
As usual, the Riverside Grocery was able to deliver. I ended up buying “Redmond RealSalt All Natural Sea Salt”, which comes from an “ancient sea bed” in south central Utah. Perhaps not exactly what one would expect when thinking of sea salt. You know, considering how much existing ocean we have on the planet. It claims to have over 50 natural trace minerals, including iodine. It also says the salt did not suffer any heat processing, and contains no additives or preservatives. It is somewhat speckled with reddish-brown spots, as though it contains a bit of sand, but I haven’t found it to be gritty, so perhaps they are simply coloured salt crystals. Maybe it’s those “natural trace minerals”.
Whatever. It’s easy to think way too much about this. The main thing I wanted, and got, from this salt is all in the ingredient list, which reads: sea salt. Also, it tastes great.
Who could ask for anything more? Especially when you don’t want anything more.