Blog Makeover {Giveaway} #4: Real Salt–What Kind of Salt Is In YOUR Shaker?

If you’ve read many of my recipes, you’ve probably seen me mention something called “Real Salt”. Real Salt is the name brand for the only type of salt that we’ve used in our house for the last six plus years. You may be wondering what the big deal is…isn’t salt, salt?

Well, no. 

Unfortunately, most ordinary table salt is actually a refined food. It’s typically been bleached, chemically treated, and demineralized to make it look pretty and white. Then, to counteract the bitter flavor these processes produce, chemicals or even sugar are added, as well as anti-caking agents. You might want to check the label on your container of salt and see if there’s anything besides “salt” listed.

Salt is essential in our diets. We can’t live without it. It wasn’t until these refining processes were introduced that salt-related health issues (high blood pressure, etc.) began to appear. Our bodies have a difficult time with the salt when it’s been refined and is devoid of the trace minerals. Dr. Mercola recently posted an excellent article on salt that I highly recommend you read. Here’s a brief excerpt:

Ordinary table salt undergoes a great deal of processing between the factory and your grocer. It is approximately 97.5 percent sodium chloride and 2.5 percent chemicals such as iodine and moisture absorbents, dried at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. This high heat alters the natural chemical structure of the salt.

By contrast, unrefined salt is 84 percent sodium chloride and 16 percent other naturally occurring minerals, including many trace minerals like silicon, phosphorous and vanadium.

If you want your body to function properly, you need a balanced salt, complete with all-natural elements and free of pollutants…

The important point is, today’s ordinary table salt has nothing in common with natural sea salt.

Processed salt requires an enormous amount of energy for our body to attempt to metabolize, resulting in negative health consequences such as fluid retention, high blood pressure, arthritis, and more. The Real Salt website also addresses these issues and is a wealth of information.

So what makes Real Salt different?

Real Salt is harvested from an ancient seabed in Utah. It’s unrefined–no additives, chemicals, or heat processing of any kind–meaning it still contains all the trace minerals. This gives it a pinkish, flecked appearance and a unique “sweet salt” flavor that’s quite different from ordinary refined table salt. Our family is so used to the flavor that we dislike the strong, bitter flavor of ordinary table salt now. I buy Real Salt All-Natural Sea Salt in bulk and use it for all our cooking and seasoning needs. We’ve gotten frequent comments on it from guests who’ve wondered about it’s different look in our salt shaker….and everyone who’s tried it has been amazed at the flavor!

Recently my husband barbequed chicken for his extended family. Everyone raved about how wonderful it was and wanted to know his secret for seasoning it. He explained to them that the only seasoning he’d used had been Real Salt All-Natural Sea Salt. He even showed them the shaker and explained to them why it was different. They refused to believe that all he’d used was salt and insisted he must be withholding some secret ingredient from them! They simply couldn’t fathom that simple, unrefined salt could make the chicken taste so good!

Convinced yet?

How about an opportunity to try it?

Real Salt has generously provided two full-sized variety sets for me to bless two of my readers with!

Each set contains not only a 9 oz. shaker of Real Salt All-Natural Sea Salt, but also an 8.25 oz. shaker of their Organic Garlic Salt and Organic Onion Salt. One set also includes an 8.25 oz. shaker of Organic Seasoning Salt.

Here’s how to earn one or more chances to win one of these fantastic sets:

  • Browse the Real Salt site and then leave a comment here telling me what you like about Real Salt, what product interests you most, or what you’ve learned about it.
  • Subscribe to Home With Purpose with Google Friend Connect (in my sidebar), Feedburner, Networked Blogs, or by email.
  • “Like” the Home With Purpose Facebook Page.
  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Post on Facebook or tweet about this giveaway and link back to it here.
  • Mention and link to the giveaway on your blog and post the link in the comments. 
  • Display my button on your blog’s sidebar.

Each of these counts as one entry. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each and make sure you leave your email or that there’s a way for me to contact you through your profile.

The giveaway will run until midnight on Monday, November 8th.

Good luck!

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  1. I've heard about the benefits of Real Salt but haven't been able to find it at the grocery store here. I would love to try the Real Salt Sea Salt!

  2. Kara, Thank you for this article. We've tried to take all "chemical-ized" foods out of our diet this past year, but didn't ever consider that our salt might be contaminated. I browsed the Real Salt site and am very interested in trying their product. Thanks again.

  3. I have never heard of Real Salt before. I actually stopped using iodized salt a few years ago and opted to use sea salt and kosher salt instead, though admittedly I don't know the process by which it is 'made'. Some how I'm not surprised to find out that table salt is so heavily processed (like everything else these days). I've checked out the web site and was pleasantly surprised to find out how inexpensive Real Salt is, so I will be making a purchase very soon. And especially look forward to trying the Real Salt Sea Salt. (And since I'm a huge fan of chicken, can't wait to try Real Salt on my next chicken dish!) Since my hubby suffers with hypertension, I think Real Salt will be a welcomed addition to our kitchen! (Because he didn't like Mrs. Dash at all!!!)

  4. Wow! I thought I was careful with my salt, but this is very helpful! Thanks! I didn't know there were 60 minerals involved! Cool!Thanks for the chance to win this!

  5. More than 60 trace minerals! Wow! I didn't realize that. Real Salt is my favorite! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  6. I follow you on Google Friend Connect!

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  9. I read through the Real Salt website and learned a lot about Real Salt vs. table salt. I had no idea that our salt had dextrose in it. (I really should read labels more often.) I once tried sea salt for the fun of it and my family didn't like how coarse it was. Now I know that not all sea salts are created equal. Thanks for the info.

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  11. Wow – I had no idea what regular table salt was and what was "really" available. I read some of the info on the website and I'm very interested to try real salt and taste the difference.sgebbiemeaseck at yahoo dot com

  12. I'm now a twitter follower

  13. I'm not a big fan of table salt, but I love the taste of REAL SALT. Would like to try the flavored ones.

  14. I subscribe by RSS too.

  15. I would love to try Real Salt! I didn't realize it came from UT. That's cool that it's a US product.

  16. I also subscribed to your blog in Google Reader.

  17. That is neat. I didn't realize they made other varieties than just the real salt which I like using. I would like to try the onion and garlic. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I have always been a salt lover (and craver) and my husband doesn't care for salt at all. While at the International Equestrian Festival in Lexington, KY a few weeks ago, I met the guys from Redmond Equine and they told me about Real Salt and gave me a 2oz travel shaker. When I returned home, I let me husband taste a pinch of the Real Salt and then our usual table salt to see how bad our salt actually tasted! I was thrilled when he said, "I could actually eat this stuff!"I like my Real Salt travel shaker so much that I even carry it in my backpack when I go to college and use it on my lunch foods. I find myself having a taste all by itself sometimes also.I am a firm believer and a true fan now! I can't wait to try the other seasoning products out!!!Amber

  19. I already buy that salt and LOVE it. I've never tried the flavors though. I bet they are delicious too!!

  20. I now have organic salt from overseas that I use but would love to try a US product. I gave up iodized salt a long time ago and would never go back…

  21. I have not heard of Real Salt before today. I do use Himalayan Pink salt and love it. It is also a whole salt.

  22. I now follow your blog with google friend connect.

  23. I liked you on Facebook.

  24. We only use sea salt, so I'm glad I don't use table salt (silly me, I never realized that it was so highly processed!) But this real salt sounds so good, it doesn't hurt that I'm a major salt-lover! arizonarachel at hotmail dot com

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  26. I have seen big bags of Real Salt at the grocery store but we're still working our way through some other salts I tried. I think we would get a lot of mileage out of the original one, but the flavored ones look super yummy too!

  27. I subscribed to your feed through feedburner!

  28. I now like you too…on Facebook!(whoopsie, my email is mcveinot @ ns.sympatico dot ca. If this isn't applicable for Canadians, feel free to discard my comments by the way)

  29. Interesting! I never knew this about salt. I would love to try some chemical-free salt!!

  30. I like you on FB!Great giveaway…I love sea salt – have used it for years!Blessings!LIB

  31. Anonymous says:

    I love Real Salt and have used it for several years. The trace minerals in it are wonderful. But I didn't know they had different flavors as our natural foods store only carries the original.It's exciting to see they have a Seasoning Salt and I hope to try it soon. :)

  32. I had never heard of Real Salt, but after your blog and looking over their website, I'd love to try it!

  33. I've never heard of it.My husband is a saltaholic. I would love to try this.And it comes from Utah! Lots of cool stuff in Utah!

  34. I'm really curious to try the Kosher salt that I saw on their website, I hope I can find it in a store near me! I've wanted to get away from processed salt for a while now.

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  36. I love that you can get free shipping when you spend $35.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I'm adding this to my shopping list. It looks wonderful!Connie (ggmom on Sonlight)

  38. We're getting into the swing of true natural products with our own farm, and I was excited to see all the same health benefits from natural salt on the website. We're definitely checking this out–DH loves salt, so a healthier version is on my hit list! (Especially if you get better flavor while using even less of it.)

  39. We love this salt! I did not know, however, about the other varieties – e.g., the onion and garlic flavors, and the seasoning. I would love to try those varieties; I'm sure they would be wonderful as well.

  40. I'd love to try it! I always thought I had to buy expensive Celtic sea salt to get important minerals, so I'm excited to find a company from the US that has good quality salt! Their other flavored salts look good as well.

  41. I'd love to try this!

  42. I like that Real Salt is from the US.

  43. And I thought sea salts were the best! After reading the website, I realized that it does matter WHERE it comes from! Thanks for sharing!

  44. This may sound like a weird reason to like the Redmond Real Salt, but I like the pour spout in their refill bags! I hate to think how much money ends up on my counters when I try to refill from regular bags and canisters.

  45. Hey this is the greatest stuff! Not only is it good for you, but it taste great and enhances the flavors of what ever you are using it on. The Onion and Garlic Salts are awesome. Just imagine air popped popcorn with either plain or flavored salt – mmmm good and good for you.

  46. Anonymous says:

    thanks for posting about Real Salt. I started using it because I was told by an N.D. is was good for us. Didn't realize all the info with "table salt".

  47. I like that Real Salt comes in its natural form – without additives, chemicals, or heat processing of any kind.jswaks at gmail dot com

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  52. Kara- where do you buy yours? Trying to save on shipping. Thanks!

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