Redmond Salt FAQ
What is Redmond RealSalt?
As its name implies, Redmond RealSalt® is-well, real salt. "Real salt, as opposed to what?" Very simply, RealSalt® as opposed to the so-called "salt" most people unsuspectingly use. It may surprise many people, but in its natural form, salt is not sparkly white or free flowing. Actually, the "table salt" and many sea salts most people are familiar with have been bleached, refined, and mixed with anti-caking agents and iodine. Many so-called "table salts" also contain sugar, in the form of dextrose-meant to cover or disguise an otherwise harsh and bitter flavor. In fact, a quick glance at the ingredients label on most "table salt" products might surprise you! In addition to sodium chloride, you'll probably find calcium silicate or sodium silicoaluminate, dextrose, and potassium iodide.
By contrast, Redmond RealSalt® is real salt-unrefined and natural-free from any additives or chemicals of any kind.
What are the Colored Specks in RealSalt?
RealSalt's unique "pinkish" appearance and flecks of color come from more than 50 natural trace minerals, including iodine. By contrast, other so-called "table salts" are white because of bleaching and refining. Click here for a complete mineral analysis.
Does RealSalt Come From Utah's Great Salt Lake?
No! RealSalt® does NOT come from Utah's Great Salt Lake. RealSalt® comes from an ancient salt deposit near the small town of Redmond, Utah, more than 150 miles south of the Great Salt Lake.
Isn't RealSalt More Expensive?
Even when used liberally, a family of four will likely use only one 26 oz. pouch of RealSalt® every five to six months. So actually, the daily cost of RealSalt® is less than a penny. Given the high cost of food these days and the fact that salt is the primary ingredient responsible for taste in food, it makes sense to use something natural that really enhances - rather than masks - the natural flavor of foods! Additionally, the rich savour of RealSalt means using less salt.
Is RealSalt Sea Salt?
Yes! During the earth's Jurassic era, a sea covered much of what is now North America. Over time the water in this sea evaporated, leaving the salt in a vast deposit in central Utah. A range of volcanoes erupted around the ancient seabed, sealing the salt and trace minerals from modern pollutants.
Is RealSalt® Different Than Other Sea Salts?
Absolutely! And 35,000 chefs agree! In a professional taste test of top gourmet natural salts, RealSalt® was deemed the Best of Show and Gold Medal winner by professional chefs of the American Tasting Institute. However, don't just take our word for it. We encourage you to experience the RealSalt® difference yourself!
Take the RealSalt® taste test...First taste RealSalt®, then try any other salt. The difference will amaze you!
But Doesn't Everyone Know Salt Causes High Blood Pressure?
We definitely encourage anyone that may have high blood pressure to consult his or her health practitioner or physician. We also find the following health expert's comment interesting:
‘"I don't believe there is any basis whatsoever for a public health recommendation for eating any particular sodium content diet. A scientific problem ought to be solved by data. And there is no data."' ¹
What are the Health Benefits of Salt?
"Sodium is crucial for maintaining the health of every cell in the human system. It permeates the fluid between cells (often called the ‘extracellular fluid') and potassium exists mainly on the inside of the cells (in the ‘intracellular fluid')...If either of these minerals is deficient or in excess, cell permeability becomes compromised and the health of all the cells suffers.
Besides being a component of extracellular fluid that bathes every living cell, sodium is important in two other ‘salty oceans' in the body - our blood and our lymphatic fluid. It is also necessary for the production of hydrochloric acid, the digestive enzyme secreted by the stomach in order to digest protein. Along with potassium, sodium is required for the proper functioning of our nerves and the contraction of our muscles...
With the many crucial roles sodium plays, it's clear that if we had no sodium, we would cease to exist." ²
Gittleman also notes that "Reducing sodium too much can be just as harmful as consuming large amounts of it. Too little can cause spasms, poor heart rhythms, sudden death and even increase the risk of heart attack in hypertensive patients." ³
May/Can/Should I Feed RealSalt to Livestock Animals, Such As Horses, Cows, Goats, Sheep, Etc?
Animals will benefit from the minerals in this natural mineral salt just like people do. Redmond Natural makes a grade of this salt for livestock. People find that if they feed the Redmond Natural Mineral Salt next to any other salt, their animals refuse to eat the other salt. Not only do the animals prefer the Redmond, but then their owners report health benefits from feeding the Redmond just like people report health benefits from eating the RealSalt themselves. For the Redmond salt for livestock, go to redmondnatural.com.
1. Abigail Zuger, With Dietary Salt, What ‘Everyone Knows' Is in Dispute, N.Y. Times, Jan. 9, 2001, at F1. (quoting Dr. Michael Alderman, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and past president of the American Society of Hypertension).
2. Ann Louise Gittleman, N.D., M.S., Understanding Salt and Sodium, TOTAL HEALTH, Vol. 22, No. 2 at 42.