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Foods Included

Sea salt, Kosher salt, Table salt (iodized)


Salt is used as seasoning in cooking. Sea salt is produced through evaporation of ocean water or water from saltwater lakes, usually with little processing. Depending on the water source, this leaves behind certain trace minerals and elements. Table salt (or iodized table salt) is refined salt.

Buy It

  • You may be able to find salt in a bulk bin, which would be cheaper than buying it packaged.
  • Sea salt has minerals that are good for you, which table salt lacks.

Store It

  • Keep salt in a dry place, like your pantry.

Cook It

  • Most people consume more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet, but there are ways to add flavor without adding salt or fat.
  • Good substitutions for salt are lemon juice and herbs, like basil, cumin, oregano, garlic, rosemary, sage, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, paprika.

Why It's Great

  • No matter what salt you choose to use, try to limit total sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams a day to prevent high blood pressure.

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