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Additives in Lite Salt

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 20, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Hi!

Due to leg cramping at night, I added Morton's Lite Salt to my diet at the suggestion of a question here on Paleohacks. It contains potassium and magnesium. However, that's not all it contains: it also includes some other additives including dextrose.

Specifically, the ingredients list is: Salt, potassium chloride, calcium silicate, magnesium carbonate, dextrose, and potassium iodide.

Thoughts? Are these harmful?

Thank you!

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on August 20, 2013
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Hello, and thank you for the reply! Yes, I am aware that dextrose is just glucose- however, since many of us watch our sugar intake, I was wondering if the amount contained in the salt is something that should be avoided? I'm with you on the "why is it IN there in the first place" though! Ahh, so it's the potassium chloride? I wonder why they put so many other things into it... hmm! Thanks again!

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on August 20, 2013
at 04:04 PM

LOL, dextrose. Dextrose is just another name for glucose, plain and simple. For where it is in the list, it's probably a miniscule amount per serving, even if you have to watch your sugar intake. However, why, why, why do we need to sweeten our salt?!

The rest of the stuff are fairly benign for food additive chemicals; then again, I don't eat them. Put it this way: if you regularly consume iodized salt, the other ingredients shouldn't bug you much. If you make a point to stick to uniodized sea-salt, you probably want to avoid this product.

It's the potassium chloride that makes the salt lite. Since we (arguably stupidly) only tend to track sodium nutritionally, other salts like potassium chloride don't up the sodium levels, but they are salt just as much as NaCl is salt.

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on August 20, 2013
at 04:10 PM

Hello, and thank you for the reply! Yes, I am aware that dextrose is just glucose- however, since many of us watch our sugar intake, I was wondering if the amount contained in the salt is something that should be avoided? I'm with you on the "why is it IN there in the first place" though! Ahh, so it's the potassium chloride? I wonder why they put so many other things into it... hmm! Thanks again!

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