If you eat sea salt, you may be deficient
I stopped eating iodized salt years ago because I read that sea salt is less processed, has more minerals, people tend to consume less because it’s thicker than regular salt, and I think it tastes better (1). Iodine is added to table salt so most people get plenty of iodine, “a mineral essential for thyroid function…” (2). You don’t have to worry about being iodine deficient if you eat seafood, drink dairy milk (which I don’t recommend), or consume seaweed. You don’t need much though. “Too much iodine can cause excessive thyroid gland activity.” A good rule of thumb for eating is, a little of this, and little of that.
- Zeratsky R.D. Katherine. “What’s the difference between sea salt and table salt?” Web blog post. Mayo Clinic. 4 May. 2016. Web. 2017, 23 Jul. Retrieved from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/sea-salt/faq-20058512
- Greger, M.D., Michael. How Not to Die. Book. New York: Flatiron Books. 2015 pgs. 409-410.