C. Norman Shealy. M.D., Ph.D.
In thinking about “refined” foods, which I have considered all current wheat products and most packaged foods with more than one ingredient, such words as hydrogenated, added, artificial, trans-fats, substitute, MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, etc. Sodium chloride does not occur in nature as just sodium chloride; it is usually associated with a variety of other minerals. Thus Table Salt is refined!!! Its natural co-minerals have been removed.?? The latest research suggests that the significant increase in autoimmune diseases is at least partly due to refined salt!
Now, after reading the article, I cannot see how they separated the salt from all the other junk!
Interestingly, they mention only Himalayan Salt, the slightly pink salt as being the “real” salt with trace minerals. And it does not have those other additives that make salt the kind that “pours when it rains”. Just another little touch of added aluminum! Himalayan salt contains at least 28 minerals, most really just “trace” and sodium chloride is 97.41% of the whole. The rest is those trace minerals that may make a difference. Interestingly, in the U.S. the total refined salt added to most junk food is twice what it is in other countries. The bottom line to me, JUNK IS JUNK!
All fast food, including their salad “dressings”, is JUNK!!! And that goes for all pop, snack foods, virtually all canned soups, etc.