Unrefined Salt Salt in its natural form is referred to as unrefined salt. Unrefined salt has not been altered by man. Therefore, it contains many different minerals and elements that are useful for optimal functioning of our bodies. For example, unrefined salt contains over 80 minerals and elements as contrasted with refined table salt, which only contains two major items—sodium and chloride.
Chart comparing contents of Refined Iodized Salt and.Unrefined Celtic Sea Salt:
Refined Salt Unrefined Celtic Sea Salt
Sodium -39% -33%
Chloride -60% -50%
Citrate, Dextrose up to 2% 0%
Minerals/Elements 0% -2%
Moisture 0% 14.3%
Most commercial refined salt has been harvested mechanically from various salt mines. Prior to mechanical evaporation, the brine is often treated with chemicals to remove minerals. These minerals are referred to as “impurities” and are sold to industry. The chemicals used to remove the "impurities" can include sulfuric acid or chlorine. All food-grade salt (i.e., refined salt) available in the U.S. must comply with the National Academy of Science’s Food Chemicals Codex Sodium, Chloride Monograph (1996). Up to 2 percent of refined salt may contain anti-caking, free flowing, or conditioning agents, which can be toxic to the body. These agents include sodium ferrocyanide, ammonium citrate, and aluminum silicate.
There is a tremendous difference between refined and unrefined salt. Refined salt is a toxic item that is devoid of minerals. It is a lifeless product that needs to be avoided. Unrefined salt, in its natural form, with its full complement of minerals should be the salt-of-choice.