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I know that regular table salt is not very good for you, and that sea salt is better for you. We are currently making that switch. But I've seen a couple brands of sea salt that have the option of being "iodized" (iodine added), and am wondering if I should go with that to avoid the risk of developing goiters (and whatever else it's supposed to be there for!). I'm just worried about having the lack of iodine in my family's diet.

Anyone have a favorite brand of sea salt? Right now I'm on the fence between Celtic Sea Salt and Himalayan Sea Salt.

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I use Celtic gray sea salt.

As far as the iodine issue, my gut is that I wouldn't buy anything with iodine aded. That sounds processed to me and the whole point with salt is to get the least processed product you can.

If you are concerned about iodine intake sea vegetables are a good way to get it and many other traces minerals in your diet.

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I use Celtic gray sea salt.

As far as the iodine issue, my gut is that I wouldn't buy anything with iodine aded. That sounds processed to me and the whole point with salt is to get the least processed product you can.

If you are concerned about iodine intake sea vegetables are a good way to get it and many other traces minerals in your diet.
As does sea salt. I remember reading(of course I can't remember where now) that if you used sea salt, because it has the trace minerals you were covered.
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Sea salt has natural iodine.

All non sea salt here is iodized.

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My understanding is that the process of adding iodine furthur processes the salt, making it less healthy overall. Plus, I'm not 100% convinced that we ALL need extra iodine in our bodies, or that the kind they put in salt is the form our bodies need.

I'd rather use unadulterated salt, and get my iodine from natural sources. Various kinds of fish are high in natural iodine, as are sea vegetables.

Natural salt contains smaller amounts of iodine than iodized salt, but it also contains far more minerals in a natural balance. I'm more worried about my family not getting enough of some mineral that hasn't been identified yet than iodine in particular.

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