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Old 05-17-2020, 08:36 AM
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What happened to iodized salt?


I just noticed that all of the salt in the grocery store has a label that says it does not contain iodide. It used to be that all plain ol' salt was iodized. Now the Morton's girl no longer gives me this essential nutrient.

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Old 05-17-2020, 08:39 AM
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There was a run on iodized salt and back filled the shelf with non-iodized salt?
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Just panicked and checked my container, which says "Morton Iodized Salt".

Thank god, otherwise I'd soon have a goiter the size of Indiana.

Maybe Morton's has a sideline of non-iodized salt for the iodine-hesitant.
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There was a run on iodized salt and back filled the shelf with non-iodized salt?
p.s. This is the most likely scenario.
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Normally the supermarkets have Morton's salt (and usually other brands) in those cylindrical container, in both iodized and non-iodized varieties. The crisis has meant weird stocking issues with stuff you wouldn't expect in the supermarkets and big box stores, which may be why you're not seeing iodized salt right now.
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Sea salt generally isn't iodized. I have found Morton's iodized sea salt in the familiar cylindrical container, but it was also fine grained, and generally with sea salt you're going for the coarser texture so I never bothered to get it again. If normal everyday iodized table salt is missing from the shelves, that's probably a fluke or a Covid-19 related run on it. Nevertheless, I think the rise in popularity of sea salt and Himalayan varieties just means those are taking up relatively more shelf space.
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Sea salt generally isn't iodized.
Er....

[nitpick] Sea salt doesn't normally have iodine added but it often does contain it. It's just that with sea salt it's sort of a crap shoot how much is in a handful of it. You could wind up with a batch with very low iodine and another batch with very high iodine. Iodized sea salt will have at least a minimum amount of the element. [/nitpick]

Likewise, the oh-so-trendy pink Himalayan salt also has iodine in it, along with something like 80+ other trace elements (seriously, about 90% of the periodic table - it's pink because of all the non-salt stuff in it), just not as much as iodized salt. Whether or not the pink salt supplies enough depends on the person and what other iodine sources may be in their diet.

I suspect that part of the problem recently is covid-19 supply line craziness. It could be the regular salt sold out, leaving the more expensive and fancy varieties. It could be that there was an interruption is salt supplies getting to the store. Maybe something else I haven't thought of.

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Likewise, the oh-so-trendy pink Himalayan salt also has iodine in it, along with something like 80+ other trace elements (seriously, about 90% of the periodic table - it's pink because of all the non-salt stuff in it)...
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Non iodized salt is preferred for pickling and canning. Iodized salt can cause weird colors and has anti caking additives. My household has done several batches of pickling since shelter in place orders. Eggs, onions, jalapeños, cuke’s, garlic.
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Eggs, onions, jalapeños, cuke’s, garlic.
I am very curious, how do you use pickled garlic? I am pretty sure I have never tried it.
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I am very curious, how do you use pickled garlic? I am pretty sure I have never tried it.
Eat it straight up, tangy!
However you like it, add to a salad A sauté, in sauce, on condiment plate.
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Non iodized salt is preferred for pickling and canning. Iodized salt can cause weird colors and has anti caking additives. My household has done several batches of pickling since shelter in place orders. Eggs, onions, jalapeños, cuke’s, garlic.
Do you mean you use pickling salt? In addition to no additives, pickling salt is ground finer so it dissolves more easily. It's my understanding that noniodized table salt may still contain anti-clumping agents.
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Maybe it's a temporary supply thing but it doesn't make sense to me. The store has lots of Morton's a store brand salt--cases of the latter--but all of it is non-iodized. And Chela, this variety also has non-caking additive.
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With a medically significant thing like this, the answer is often "morons." Why is the vaccination rate falling? Morons. Why are people complaining about floridation of water? Morons. Why is there opposition to GMOs? Morons. So I wouldn't be suprised if morons have decided iodine is bad and the market is supporting them.
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With a medically significant thing like this, the answer is often "morons." Why is the vaccination rate falling? Morons. Why are people complaining about floridation of water? Morons. Why is there opposition to GMOs? Morons. So I wouldn't be suprised if morons have decided iodine is bad and the market is supporting them.

Or rather it may have been that it was due to the person who ordered a pallet of the wrong salt?
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Or rather it may have been that it was due to the person who ordered a pallet of the wrong salt?
That still sounds like a "moron" situation...
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Kosher salt seems to be a current thing with foodie types (with the exception of Cook's Illustrated/Cook's Country which seems to be just ducky with iodine). Kosher salt is coarser but breaks into tinier pieces when crushed, unlike sea salt which is one large grain of salt. (and neither sea nor kosher have iodine. Sorry, talk about burying the lede.)

While it appears to be possible to overdose on iodine especially if your diet includes a lot of seaweed and other iodine-rich foods, it's not very common in the US. I'd guess that you'd probably have high-sodium issues with iodized salt way before you'd have iodine issues. So if there is a no-iodine movement in the US, it probably does come down to Darren Garrison's "morons" theory.
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Kosher salt seems to be a current thing with foodie types (with the exception of Cook's Illustrated/Cook's Country which seems to be just ducky with iodine). Kosher salt is coarser but breaks into tinier pieces when crushed, unlike sea salt which is one large grain of salt. (and neither sea nor kosher have iodine. Sorry, talk about burying the lede.)
It's not some kind of dumb foodie thing; it's more that kosher salt's larger and rougher grains are easier to pick up with your fingers and add manually than table salt.

In other words, if you're salting to taste, it's easier to pick up and manipulate the kosher salt than it is table salt, which tends to be harder to pick up in any quantity, and harder to control as you sprinkle it.
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Kosher salt seems to be a current thing with foodie types (with the exception of Cook's Illustrated/Cook's Country which seems to be just ducky with iodine). Kosher salt is coarser but breaks into tinier pieces when crushed, unlike sea salt which is one large grain of salt. (and neither sea nor kosher have iodine. Sorry, talk about burying the lede.)
Without looking, I feel that Cook's Illustrated usually calls for Kosher salt. In part I think it's because Kosher salt is less salty per volume than ordinary table salt so it's harder to oversalt. I know their brine recipes call for Kosher salt and if memory serves they call for more Diamond salt and less Morton's Kosher in the same volume of water because Diamond is less salty.
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Without looking, I feel that Cook's Illustrated usually calls for Kosher salt. In part I think it's because Kosher salt is less salty per volume than ordinary table salt so it's harder to oversalt. I know their brine recipes call for Kosher salt and if memory serves they call for more Diamond salt and less Morton's Kosher in the same volume of water because Diamond is less salty.
I call BS on this.
Salt is essentially 100% NaCl. It’s all the same amount of “salty.”
But, Iodized salt is slightly bitter tasting. Not enough for most people, but snobby chefs can taste the difference. So, they specify un-iodized. Kosher salt is also coarser, so that has an effect for some recipes.
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Texture is another reason to use kosher salt. There are times when you want crunchy crystals, for instance, on salt bagels or pretzels. The crystals in table salt are too small for this purpose.
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I call BS on this.
Salt is essentially 100% NaCl. It’s all the same amount of “salty.”
But, Iodized salt is slightly bitter tasting. Not enough for most people, but snobby chefs can taste the difference. So, they specify un-iodized. Kosher salt is also coarser, so that has an effect for some recipes.
You can call BS all you want, but I find it to be true in my kitchen - Diamond is less salty than Morton, whether in kosher or table salt. Pink himalayan is different, as is sea salt. It's enough of a difference that I keep several different varieties of salt, and adjust amounts accordingly when cooking, depending on what I'm using. My wife and daughter both can taste the difference in tasting various salts. YMMV.
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I call BS on this.
Salt is essentially 100% NaCl. It’s all the same amount of “salty.”
It's not the same with the customary US practice of measuring dry ingredients by volume. A cup of kosher salt indeed contains less salt than a cup of finely grained salt so directly substituting one for the other will make a noticeable difference. The larger crystal size of kosher salt also dissolves slower, so if it's applied directly to food it will persist in solid form longer and yield a different texture with more intensely salty particles.

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Without looking, I feel that Cook's Illustrated usually calls for Kosher salt. In part I think it's because Kosher salt is less salty per volume than ordinary table salt so it's harder to oversalt. I know their brine recipes call for Kosher salt and if memory serves they call for more Diamond salt and less Morton's Kosher in the same volume of water because Diamond is less salty.
It looks like it's a mix depending on the type of recipe which makes sense. A search for "kosher salt" recipes on cooksillustrated.com, I get 857 results. "table salt" recipes show 3033, so yes, it looks like they use kosher when the recipe would benefit from it (looks like mostly meat dishes) and then fall back on table salt where it doesn't matter the consistency of the salt.

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Yes, all salt is kosher, whether iodized or not. Kosher salt is a misnomer. It's called that because it's the type of salt traditionally used for drying kosher meats.
And don't get me started on "kosher" pickles!
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{...} I know their brine recipes call for Kosher salt and if memory serves they call for more Diamond salt and less Morton's Kosher in the same volume of water because Diamond is less salty.
No! It's because Diamond and Morton don't have the same shape. You don't get the same mass per volume.

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With a medically significant thing like this, the answer is often "morons." Why is the vaccination rate falling? Morons. Why are people complaining about floridation of water? Morons. Why is there opposition to GMOs? Morons. So I wouldn't be suprised if morons have decided iodine is bad and the market is supporting them.
Well cookbooks and cooking shows often specify Kosher salt or sea salt instead of iodized salt. In a clear broth you might be able to tell the difference.
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With a medically significant thing like this, the answer is often "morons." Why is the vaccination rate falling? Morons. Why are people complaining about floridation of water? Morons. Why is there opposition to GMOs? Morons. So I wouldn't be suprised if morons have decided iodine is bad and the market is supporting them.
So-called "iodized salt" is a Communist plot to sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids!!1!

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So if their semen tastes 'salty', they are in the process of being taken over by Communist subversion? Or even already turned into a Communist sympathizer? Horrors!
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So if their semen tastes 'salty', they are in the process of being taken over by Communist subversion? Or even already turned into a Communist sympathizer? Horrors!
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Dangit Darren. I was going to say that! "Clean eating" is a disturbing trend. The salt that we "eat" isn't natural to begin with. I hardly see how adding necessary iodine to salt makes things worse (or "less natural").

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Feel free to look up hypothyroidism for people who think this isn't a big deal.

Just to add how disturbing that trend is: vegans are often iodine-deficient, and veganism has become more popular (though the rate of increase is exaggerated). Not all plant milks are fortified with B12 either, but that is unnatural and therefore "wrong".

We live in a society where people want to drink raw milk, or raw water (thankfully not too many people!) or not feed their children properly because their naturopath "knows better" and "doctors don't understand nutrition". That's terrible, but doing this stealthily is worse. (I'm going to assume the salt shaker didn't scream "natural, no iodine!" on it.)
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Dangit Darren. I was going to say that! "Clean eating" is a disturbing trend. The salt that we "eat" isn't natural to begin with. I hardly see how adding necessary iodine to salt makes things worse (or "less natural").

Link: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iodine-Consumer/



Feel free to look up hypothyroidism for people who think this isn't a big deal.

Just to add how disturbing that trend is: vegans are often iodine-deficient, and veganism has become more popular (though the rate of increase is exaggerated). Not all plant milks are fortified with B12 either, but that is unnatural and therefore "wrong".

We live in a society where people want to drink raw milk, or raw water (thankfully not too many people!) or not feed their children properly because their naturopath "knows better" and "doctors don't understand nutrition". That's terrible, but doing this stealthily is worse. (I'm going to assume the salt shaker didn't scream "natural, no iodine!" on it.)
Where did humans get iodine before it was added to table salt?
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Where did humans get iodine before it was added to table salt?
Meat. Fish and seaweed have an even higher amount of iodine.

Here's a referenced list: https://www.myfooddata.com/articles/...-in-iodine.php

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Meat. Fish and seaweed have an even higher amount of iodine.

Here's a referenced list: https://www.myfooddata.com/articles/...-in-iodine.php
According to their data, the US is taking in too much iodine--doesn't surprise me much. Me, I use kosher salt and eat fish and sushi, not too worried about iodine deficiency.
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If you add iodine to kosher salt, is it still kosher? (Serious question here.)

I had kosher salt once, probably ten years ago. It looked like flakes.
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If you add iodine to kosher salt, is it still kosher? (Serious question here.)
Yes, all salt is kosher, whether iodized or not. Kosher salt is a misnomer. It's called that because it's the type of salt traditionally used for drying kosher meats.
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Yes, all salt is kosher, whether iodized or not.

If the source of iodine in the salt is shellfish how could the salt be Kosher?
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If the source of iodine in the salt is shellfish how could the salt be Kosher?
Shellfish contain iodine because they live in seawater, which is relatively rich in dissolved iodine. Most sea salts contain some iodine. Which is why folks living near the sea rarely had iodine deficiency, as their salt had some, as did kelp, and local seafood.
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Shellfish contain iodine because they live in seawater, which is relatively rich in dissolved iodine. Most sea salts contain some iodine. Which is why folks living near the sea rarely had iodine deficiency, as their salt had some, as did kelp, and local seafood.
Even if you're relatively close to the sea, if you don't live near sea level but at high altitudes (e.g. Piedmont in Italy), you are at risk of iodine deficiency and goitre.

I once saw an old painting of an Alpine family where not only did everyone have a goitre, but the dog had one too. Wish I could find it online.

Instead, here's a 17th century carving from Piedmont that would upset Elaine Benes. It's from a relatively recent NPR piece entitled 'Why Certain Poor Shepherds In Nativity Scenes Have Huge, Misshapen Throats'.
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Shellfish contain iodine because they live in seawater, which is relatively rich in dissolved iodine. Most sea salts contain some iodine. Which is why folks living near the sea rarely had iodine deficiency, as their salt had some, as did kelp, and local seafood.
So? If the manufacturer of salt uses iodine that is sourced from shellfish, as some do, then the salt can't be considered Kosher.
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Yes, all salt is kosher, whether iodized or not. Kosher salt is a misnomer. It's called that because it's the type of salt traditionally used for drying kosher meats.
Iodized salt has some dextrose as a vehicle and stabilizer for the iodine. The dextrose is not kosher for Passover. Iodine is not a problem but the carrier is.
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Iodized salt has some dextrose as a vehicle and stabilizer for the iodine. The dextrose is not kosher for Passover. Iodine is not a problem but the carrier is.
OK, but kosher for passover is much more restrictive than kosher generally.
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Some people taste a difference in iodized salt, esp in larger quantities, so prefer not to use it in cooking. Not because of misplaced health concerns. I've never taste-tested it, myself.
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If mom has insufficient iodine in her, her baby may have a dysfunctional thyroid gland even before birth. This can result in Congenital iodine deficiency syndrome.

Congenital iodine deficiency syndrome is the current technical term for Cretinism.

Many cretins have IQs of between 51-70. This range of IQ was the medical definition of Moron, decades ago, before the word 'Moron' became a perjorative.
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If mom has insufficient iodine in her, her baby may have a dysfunctional thyroid gland even before birth. This can result in Congenital iodine deficiency syndrome.

Congenital iodine deficiency syndrome is the current technical term for Cretinism.

Many cretins have IQs of between 51-70. This range of IQ was the medical definition of Moron, decades ago, before the word 'Moron' became a perjorative.
They often look like they have Down Syndrome, and back in the days before we knew what DS really was, babies whose diagnosis were uncertain were often given thyroid hormone, and if they improved, they probably didn't have DS. (DS people often have thyroid issues as well, which is another story.)

A while back, I saw a show on IIRC PBS that was about a remote mountain clinic in the Andes that still saw people with cretinism, and that's why every pregnant woman who came to the clinic got an injection of iodine in oil, so it would slowly release. David Letterman's mother's cause celebre was iodination of salt, because she was old enough to remember people with goiters when she was growing up in Indiana.

The American diet is usually good enough, iodine-wise, to prevent this. If you're REALLY worried about getting enough iodine, Centrum vitamins contain it.
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Are any other foodstuffs iodized besides salt? If you're not using iodized salt (for whatever reason) then it seems like the only other supplements out there are kelp, which is of questionable quality and efficacy. Beyond that you're looking at fish, seaweed (which has a massive amount), and to a lesser extent dairy products. Potassium iodide does not appear to be available as an OTC supplement, its use is limited to a radiation treatment for nuclear accidents or bombs.

Something else to consider is that the amount of iodine we get from salt is apparently pretty low, because 70% of our salt intake is from processed foods, which almost never use iodized salt, and another 15% comes from naturally salty foods. Only the last 10-15% comes from salt added during cooking or on the table. You need 1/2 teaspoon a day of table salt to get the recommended amount of iodine, but that's half your total allotment of salt. With so much coming from other sources, those numbers don't work.
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Morton Kosher salt: 1.5 g weight per 1/4 tsp
Kroger Iodized table salt: 1.2 g weight per 1/4 tsp.

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Yes, yes, I understand that one molecule of NaCl=one molecule of NaCl. I think my post was pretty clear that it's about the volume of different kinds of salt, but go ahead, dunk away.
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Yes, yes, I understand that one molecule of NaCl=one molecule of NaCl. I think my post was pretty clear that it's about the volume of different kinds of salt, but go ahead, dunk away.
What does "dunk away" mean in this context?
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It's current slang. From the Free Dictionary site - dunk on (someone) slang To best someone in a spectacular fashion and/or in a way that is humiliating to them. In basketball, to "dunk on" a defender is to perform a slam dunk over them, a move often considered humiliating to the defender. The phrase is commonly used in a passive construction ("(one) got dunked on").
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