Frankly, how would you even know? Fluoride doesn’t have to be on product labels- for ANY edible products. Plus it’s flavorless and odorless. Sorry but . . . fluoridated salt is increasingly common – both intentionally fluoridated and naturally fluoridated.
Why is salt being fluoridated and how can we find LOW fluoride salt?
Their thinking is: In countries unable to fluoridate their water, fluoridating salt ensures the people will have maximum dental protection. Fluoridation proponents ignore research showing that systemic fluoride (consuming fluoride into the body with food and/or water) cannot provide any benefits to teeth. The ONLY way fluoride MIGHT be good for teeth is when applied topically, and even that is debated in new research.
Fluoridating salt has NO positive benefit for teeth. It just goes into the digestive system where it gets absorbed into our bones, replaces calcium, causes a whole host of damaging health effects, yada, yada, yada.
Intentionally fluoridated salt usually contains about 250 ppm fluoride, which results in a daily intake of 2.5 mg of fluoride per day for people consuming 10 grams of salt.
Consider this: “Himalayan” salt is enmeshed in controversy over the fluoride issue. Reportedly this salt is from mines in the pristine Himalayas – however people have investigated this claim and can’t find any salt mines there. Critics claim that what is sold as “Himalayan” salt is actually from one of the world’s largest salt mines in Pakistan and contains 231mg (231ppm) fluoride – naturally!!(1),(2)
Since fluoride can occur naturally in soil and water, it can be in natural salt deposits too. That’s why we’re checking into the fluoride content of natural, untreated salt. Fluoride is in salt – but in what quantity? Himalayan salt contains the upper limit of fluoride. Read on and you’ll find several natural salts containing MUCH lower levels of fluoride.
And please don’t be beguiled by people claiming that so-called “natural” fluoride is healthy. Not! No “healthy” fluoride exists. The only issue is which of the forms of this toxic substance are the most life-sucking and which are less life-sucking.
According to Fluoride Alert, countries with salt fluoridation programs include: Austria, Bolivia, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Switzerland, and Venezuela. How extensive and whether people are given the option of having non-fluoridated salt, is not confirmed.
Research published in 2006 subsequent to Mexico’s national salt fluoridation program, demonstrates the dental fluorosis rate among children went up to 52%. This rate was attributed to both fluoridated salt and the use of fluoridated toothpaste. (3)
I’m wondering if fluoride could be slipped into our salt without our knowledge? – especially considering that fluoride does not have to be included on product labeling.
Goodness knows that there are a myriad of other food additives put into our foods that we’re never told about. (My husband spent his career in the food processing industry and tells horror stories about this.) Could this also intentionally happen with fluoride?
Appropriate product labeling is good. The thought that we might unknowingly be getting fluoride in our salt (not to mention a whole list of other foods) is upsetting.
(3) Dental fluorosis in cohorts born before, during, and after the national salt fluoridation program in a community in Mexico, Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, 2006, Vol. 64, No. 4 , Pages 209-213 (doi:10.1080/00016350600555537). http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00016350600555537