Processed Salt May Contribute to Autoimmune Disease


The headline reads “Scientists Officially Link Processed Foods To Autoimmune Disease” , but read deeper and a specific ingredient in most processed foods reveals itself as the most likely culprit. Refined and processed salt. Having lived with an unspecified autoimmune disease for about 7 years, this is of great interest to me.  We’ve used Redmond Real Salt and some pink Himalayan salt in cooking and at our table for over 10 years. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all the salt we were getting.  

We’ve made it a point to buy the good stuff for home, but what about the refined salt in a lot of our processed foods and fast foods?  Have you ever looked at the sodium content in the bread you buy?

I had NO IDEA. According to this article, “Just one 6-inch Roasted Garlic loaf from Subway–just the bread, no meat, no cheeses, no nothing–has 1,260 mg sodium, about as much as 14 strips of bacon. “  Wow!  Subway tends to come across as a ‘healthier’ option.

The modern diet of processed foods, takeaways and microwave meals could be to blame for a sharp increase in autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, including alopecia, asthma and eczema.”If this is the case, then the autoimmune disease I thought couldn’t be ‘my fault’ – pretty much IS.  If bad food is how I got here, maybe good food can get me out.


Read the whole article with references to the studies at preventdisease.com. And then…maybe…stop eating processed foods and go buy some good salt!


This post was also linked up at Butter Believer

2 Thoughts on “Processed Salt May Contribute to Autoimmune Disease

  1. Kristen S on May 31, 2013 at 9:50 am said:

    I finally made the switch to real salt thanks to you! One small step at a time, but I will get more real food into my family’s diet.

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