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Real Salt booklet

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Is Your Salt Real?

Not all Salt is created equal. To find out more about Real Salt® brand sea salt download our booklet here: Guide to Understanding Salt booklet.

If you are not able to find Real Salt in your area, please visit our online store or call us toll free at
800-367-7258 and we will happily ship any of our products directly to your door.

Real Salt Outside the United States

We don’t ship directly to international customers, but our products are available in many locations around the world.


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    Real Salt, iodine, and radiation

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    The recent earthquake in Japan has affected millions of people directly and much of the world emotionally.  Beyond the heart-wrenching images coming from Japan, damaged nuclear reactors have released radiation into the surrounding area, leading to speculation that unusually high levels of radiation will soon follow weather patterns around the globe. As a result, many people are looking for ways to supplement their body’s supply of iodine, and several have contacted us here to ask if the iodine in Real Salt will help.

    Iodine and Radiation

    Your thyroid gland uses iodine to make hormones, so it tends to concentrate iodine whenever it is introduced into your body.  One substance released during nuclear accidents like the one in Japan is radioactive iodine called I-131.  Your thyroid can’t distinguish between natural iodine and I-131, so if you were to be exposed to nuclear radiation your thyroid could potentially stockpile enough I-131 to lead to cancer some years later.

    The thyroid is particularly good at absorbing iodine, but if it is already saturated with iodine–say, from potassium iodide tablets or naturally occurring sources–it is less likely to absorb the damaged I-131. That is why the Japanese government issued potassium iodide, and it also explains why so many people the world over are suddenly interested in the supplement today.

    Real Salt and Iodine

    The trace amount of iodine found in Real Salt is not sufficient to saturate thyroid tissue with natural iodine and prevent the absorption of I-131. In fact, even artificially iodized table salt would be insufficient–you would have to eat so much you’d be sick.  There are natural foods rich in iodine that certainly wouldn’t do you any harm — kelp is the iodine superstar, but yogurt, cow’s milk, eggs, strawberries, and mozzarella cheese are also high in iodine. (You can read more about the iodine in Real Salt.)

    Chance of Exposure

    The destruction in Japan is spectacular and visually arresting, so it’s easy for us to imagine the worst possible global scenario. But despite what you may have read in that forwarded email,  experts agree that radioactive particles from the failing reactors will not reach the United States–not even the islands of Hawaii, which are far closer to the failing reactors than most of the country.

    What Can We Do?

    The United States has 104 nuclear power plants, and if you live within 20 miles of one you might consider stocking up on potassium iodide tablets.  For most of us in America and around the globe, though, perhaps the best thing we can do is donate what we can to ease the suffering of the victims of this horrible destruction.


    Wait, is that sand in my Real Salt??

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    Most weekends we treat our kids to waffles using grandma’s old recipe. One Sunday, my visiting niece watched us mixing up the batter and asked, “Why is your flour dirty?” It took a second to realize that she wasn’t used to seeing our freshly-ground wheat flour, and compared to her family’s bleached white flour, ours definitely looked “dirty.”  She wasn’t convinced, but we explained that even though real flour looks and tastes a little different from white flour, it’s actually better for us.

    If you were to pay a visit to Real Salt’s customer service department, you wouldn’t have to wait long before someone calls with a similar question: Why is Real Salt dirty?  Is there sand in Real Salt? Why doesn’t Real Salt dissolve completely like other salt? The short answer to all these questions is the same: This is what salt really looks like when nature makes salt. Read More

    Real Salt and Iodine

    Does Real Salt have the iodine we need?

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    If you had been on a certain bridge in Sarajevo in late June of 1914, you might have been unfortunate enough to witness the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. If you were particularly savvy, you might have predicted that the assassination would change the world forever–it was the spark that ignited the first world war–but you probably wouldn’t have guessed that it would also change salt forever. Read More

    Who uses Real Salt?

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    A lot of our customers use Real Salt because of the health benefits they get from using a natural salt with 60+ trace minerals, but it isn’t only health food shoppers who love Real Salt.

    Chefs and Food Lovers

    Real Salt has a unique taste that complements and enhances the natural flavor of foods. Chefs in world-class restaurants insist on Real Salt because it helps their creations taste their best, and celebrity chefs with health-conscious clients love Real Salt!

    A Real Salt customer shared a picture of Melissa Costello, personal chef to Tony Horton (fitness coach of P90x fame), explaining why she likes using Real Salt.

    Patients (and Doctors!)

    Despite salt’s bad reputation, we receive a steady stream of emails from customers who credit Real Salt with helping control blood pressure, water retention, and other health problems.

    “I love your salt. It’s really helped with my high blood pressure. Thank you!”
    James in Michigan

    “My neighbor said all his muscles were cramping and his feet felt  like balls of fire. I gave him a teaspoon of Real Salt and told him to follow it with two glasses of water. He found me 20 minutes later to tell me the pain was completely gone!”
    Dr. Walter Peterson


    Here’s a Real Salt tip we learned from our customers: If you’re on a long run, hike, or bike ride and your legs begin cramping, rip open a Real Salt sample packet, dump it on your tongue, and chase it down with a little water. Your cramping will stop in mere seconds! (Scientists have observed similarly impressive cramping control with pickle juice, but we think it’s easier to keep a few 1.4 gram packets of Real Salt in your jersey.)

    Food Producers

    “Vital Choice customers are extremely health conscious, and include many nutritionists and physicians who look to us to provide the healthiest possible foods. We use Real Salt in many of our products for its superior flavor and nutritional characteristics. Our custom packed canned albacore tuna with Real Salt is among our most popular products, with customers constantly telling us it’s the best they’ve ever tasted. While we use great care in selecting premium fish, I have no doubt that Real Salt deserves some of the credit for this product’s great taste and commercial success.”
    Randy Harnell
    President, Vital Choice Seafood

    Real Salt vs Celtic vs Himalayan

    Comparing Real Salt to Himalayan or Celtic

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    We’re going to do something today most companies don’t like to do: we’re going to say nice things about the competition.

    No, that doesn’t mean we’re going to be kind to that bitter, chemically treated white table salt you still find in far too many kitchens, because if you understand the health benefits of Real Salt you already know that Real Salt and table salt aren’t even the same product.  But we are going to answer a question we hear a lot when people are considering  their salt options: What’s the difference between Real Salt and Celtic or Himalayan salt?

    (Are you wondering why we’re only talking about Celtic and Himalayan? It’s because we are, first and foremost, salt lovers, and if for some reason Real Salt didn’t exist, Celtic and Himalayan are really the only other brands we’d consider using.)

    Here’s a handy chart that will show you some of the differences at a glance.

    Sea salt comparison chart

    Real Salt

    Real Salt is an all natural unrefined sea salt harvested from an ancient ocean. It’s full of natural minerals that make it healthy, delicious, and pink or red looking, and though we do hate to boast we’re also the best-selling brand in America’s health food stores. Our salt deposit is in Redmond, Utah and since we own and control the whole process, we’re able to bring it to you in its unrefined, mineral-rich, delicious state.

    Celtic Sea Salt

    Celtic Salt is a great salt harvested from the current ocean. They do a terrific job with their salt, harvesting it by hand and leaving it unprocessed so it contains those important trace minerals. Compared to Real Salt, the biggest difference is that the current ocean is exposed to many anthropogenic environmental issues (mercury, lead, plastic & petroleum toxins, chemicals, etc.) that ancient seas didn’t experience. (That’s not to say Celtic users have anything to worry about, but we like the idea of salt that comes from a pristine ancient sea.)

    Himalayan Pink

    Like Real Salt, the Himalayan brands are harvested from an ancient salt deposit that would have been created long before there were any modern toxins. Geologically, the Himalayan deposit is very similar to Real Salt; they both have the full spectrum of minerals and both can be considered crystal salts. Tasted side by side, Real Salt is a bit sweeter, while Himalayan tends toward an earthy flavor.

    The big difference between Real Salt and Himalayan is geography. Real Salt comes from the USA (Redmond, Utah), and the Himalayan deposits are in and around Khewra, Pakistan. There are a number of different mines supplying the Himalayan brands, and some have more modern standards than others. Himalayan salt has to travel more than 7,000 miles just to make it to America, with all the environmental impacts that come with that. Real Salt not only has to travel a shorter distance, but our operations in Redmond our powered by our two large solar fields, reducing our environmental impact even more.

    Generally, Real Salt is half the cost (we’re so glad we don’t have to ship it from Pakistan!) and we know you can always trust the quality, processes, and labor policies that bring Real Salt to your kitchen.

    Salt source map

    Use this map to get an idea where three of the top unrefined sea salts come from.

    Still not sure which salt is right for you? If you’re closer to Pakistan than you are to Utah, we think a Himalayan salt could be your best choice. And you can always take the Real Salt taste test: try Real Salt, then try whatever salt you used to use. The difference will amaze you!

    Taste Real Salt - the difference will amaze you

    Is salt really bad for me?

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    It’s been decades since we started hearing about salt’s damaging effects on our bodies, and it seems salt is only getting less popular as time goes by. Recently, state senators in New York flirted with legislation that would even make it illegal for restaurants to salt their food, treating salt as if it were on par with second-hand cigarette smoke.

    Is salt so bad that we need laws to protect us from its effects? Well, you’re reading this on the website of a salt company, so you can probably guess what we think. But being predictable doesn’t mean we’re on the wrong track, so if you have a few minutes, let’s examine the salt myth in context and see what all the fuss is about.

    Salt is essential for life

    Let’s take a big step away from the salt debate and look at things from a distance. If you are admitted to any modern hospital in the world, chances are very good that one of the first people you meet will be very interested in finding the biggest vein in your arm so they can stick you with a needle and introduce saline solution (salt water) directly into your body. Since hospital workers are generally in the life-preserving and health-improving business, it’s probably safe to assume that salt, itself, is not something we need to keep out of our bodies.

    I know, there’s a difference between eating salt and getting an IV, and you’re still wondering whether you can trust a salt company when we tell you salt is good for you. I guess it’s a good time to break out the sources. A 2006 study published in The American Journal of Medicine tells us that “sodium intake of less than 2300 mg (the daily recommended allowance) was associated with a 37%  increase in cardiovascular disease mortality and a 28% increase of all-cause mortality.” Mortality is a rather polite word for dying, so in other words, people who consume too little salt are more likely to die than other people. Other peer-reviewed journals have released similar results in 2000, 2004, 2006, and even 1960, and several authors and health experts complain loudly when they hear people dismissing salt. (Scroll down to the bottom for links directly to the reports.)

    So why does salt have such a bad reputation? Well, to go back to our hypothetical hospital visit, you can be sure your nurse isn’t simply dumping bleached table salt into the drinking fountain water to prepare those IV bags — hospitals and health care professionals understand that all salt isn’t the same.

    All salt is not created equal

    Did you know that all salt could technically be considered “sea salt”? Some salt is harvested from current oceans, some from dead seas, and some is mined from ancient sea beds, but the sea is (or was) ultimately the source of all salt. Sea water usually contains more than 60 essential trace minerals, but most salt producers today remove these high-profit minerals and sell them to vitamin manufacturers before selling the remaining salt to you and me to dump on our hash browns.

    That would be okay, but when you remove the trace minerals that used to accompany sodium chloride, you typically get a bitter flavor that many producers try to mask with chemicals or even sugar. (Go ahead — grab your salt shaker and read the ingredients. See any dextrose? Yep, that’s sugar!)  Even worse, when you consume chemically treated or de-mineralized salt, your body’s mineral balance doesn’t always respond gracefully. When people started consuming chemically altered salts 100 years ago, we started seeing high blood pressure and water retention that had never been associated with salt before. Interestingly enough, our customers tell us these are the same problems that go away when natural salt replaces “table salt” in their diet.

    In other words, salt can be bad for your health, but real salt is actually a crucial part of good health! That’s why, more than 50 years ago, we named our brand Real Salt: Your body knows the difference between what is real and what has been chemically altered. Real Salt is salt exactly the way nature made it.  You can taste the difference on your tongue, and you can feel a difference in your health.


    A brief history of salt

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    Salt has become an inexpensive and readily available commodity that most of us take for granted. But in older times salt was heavily taxed and wars were fought over it. In some ancient civilizations, salt was in such high demand that it was actually minted into coins to serve as the basic currency.

    Where salt was scarce, it became as valuable as gold. As the Roman stateman Cassiodorus observed, “Some seek not gold, but there lives not a man who does not need salt.” Salt was traded ounce-per-ounce with gold – if that were still the case we’d have to pay $300-$400 per ounce of salt!

    Because everyone, rich and poor, craves salt, rulers going back at least as far as the Chinese emperor Yu in 2200 B.C. have tried mightily to control and tax it. Salt taxes helped finance empires throughout Europe and Asia, but also inspired a lively black market, smuggling rings, riots, and even revolutions. Read More

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