Thursday, July 7, 2011

Why is there sugar in my salt?

I generally use sea salt or kosher salt, for a variety of reasons but partly because I like to be able to grind it to different degrees of coarseness depending on what I'm using it for.  I know I'm weird.  That's not the point of this post.

In addition to sea salt, I usually keep plain old table salt on hand.  It's easy to use, and is great for adjusting the seasoning of a dish once at the table and on your plate.  Besides, people think you're crazy when you're grinding up your salt to put in your salad.  Other than iodine, I had never really thought about what else is added to table salt.

I assumed nothing else was added.  We all know what happens when someone assumes something.

Turns out that sugar is added to table salt.  WHAT?  I hadn't bought table salt in a long time, and since reading labels has become mandatory in my family's post-gluten, post-dairy universe, I read the label out of habit. 

SIGH.  Sometimes ignorance really is bliss.

I took to my favourite search engine in an attempt to figure out why there needs to be sugar in my salt.  Turns out the scientific answer has something to do with preserving the integrity of the iodine added to table salt.  Iodine is important for healthy thyroid function, but I doubt that it's overly complicated to get adequate amounts of iodine from alternate sources.  I KNOW that it's easy to get sugar from alternate sources.

I don't want salt in my coffee, and I'd prefer not to have sugar on my chicken.

Anybody need a slightly used box of table salt?

1 comment :

  1. This explains a lot. My salt this morning tasted like sugar, but it doesn't explain how my sugar in my cinnamon sugar mix turned to salt.