Slide show: Guide to gourmet salt
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Gourmet salt is finding a place in the kitchens of both everyday cooks and top chefs. Salt occurs naturally around the world as the mineral halite and in seawater and saltwater lakes. Salt is processed and refined in many different ways, resulting in variations in taste, texture and color. All salt contains a mix of sodium and chloride. Salt may also naturally contain small amounts of other minerals, which gives it variations in taste.

Whichever type of salt you enjoy, do so in moderation. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams a day — or 1,500 milligrams if you're age 51 or older, or if you are black, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.

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