• Table Salt

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Uncontested Facts About Iodised Table Salt

  • In common usage salt (or table salt) refers to sodium chloride, a compound made of the elements sodium and chlorine.
  • In chemistry, the word "salt" refers to a large class of compounds that includes sodium chloride.
  • The base ingredient for commercial table salt is either "mineral salt" mined from geological deposits, or "sea salt" crystallized from evaporated sea water.
  • Most commercial table salt has additives including supplemental iodine in forms like potassium iodide, and "free flowing agents" or "anti-caking agents" like Magnesium Carbonate and Potassium Chloride.
  • Iodine is a basic element, with an atomic weight of 53, denoted by the symbol "I".
  • Iodine is essential to the health of the thyroid gland.
  • Sufficient iodine helps prevents goitre and cretinism.

Claims and Counter-Claims about Iodised Table Salt

 1. Table Salt is healthyin moderate quantities.

 1. Table salt is harmful to health

 2. Adding iodine to salt in necessary for health  2. Salt is too unhealthy to be a useful carrier for iodine supplements
 3. Lack of bodily iodine
 3. Iodine depletion is caused by bromides in both commercial food products and agricultural chemicals (eg methyl bromide)
 4. There is no conclusive evidence that refining salt by removing all the impurities in natural sources of sodium chloride has any negative effect on health.
 4. When table salt is refined, removing all the minerals (including naturally occurring iodine) other than sodium chloride, the lack these trace minerals make it much less healthy.
 5. There is no conclusive evidence that anti-caking agents added to table salt cause any harm to health.
 5. The anti-caking agents added to table salt cause health problems.

 

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Improvement Notes

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