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Salt…to avoid or not to avoid? That is the question.


This news story was published on March 22, 2019.
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Katelyn Nicholson, RDN, LD

By: Katelyn Nicholson, RDN, LD

Table salt is one of those condiments that has received mixed reviews for many years. So today, I want to set the record straight and educate you on a few things about salt you may not know.

Table salt does not contain very many of the numerous trace minerals that are so helpful for fluid balance in the body. Even sea salt is quickly becoming contaminated with heavy metals and micro plastics.

Did you know 80% of most Americans’ salt consumption comes from processed foods? And the salts used in those foods are highly refined. Swap out your table salt for an unrefined option such as Himalayan pink salt or Celtic gray salt. These less refined salts have over 80 trace minerals used by your body for fluid balance, pH balance, and blood sugar regulation. So, don’t feel one bit of guilt about adding a sprinkle of these great salts when you cook with whole food ingredients! They are actually supporting your overall health!

Are you worried about not getting enough iodine by cutting out iodized table salt? Don’t be! Just make sure to fill up on nutritious whole foods that naturally contain iodine such as eggs, seafood, dairy, beans, etc. And, if you aren’t ready to cut it out entirely, ½ teaspoon of iodized salt daily is all it takes to meet the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI).

Salt isn’t always bad for you. Just be sure you use the “right” one!

To schedule a nutrition consultation with me (Katelyn Nicholson, Public Health Dietitian), call the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health at 641-421-9300.

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