Wow...eh no offense but WOW.
At least have the decency to put something up which at least as a modicum authority, I don't know, emedicine.com, NIH sites, FDA, stuff on PubMed, whatever.
I mean, somthing that opens with:
Excess consumption of refined, iodized salt is one of the major causes of hyperthyroidism and it?s a well-known trigger for Graves? disease.
Its just purely laughable.
This is a reference to the Jod-Basedow Phenomenon, which is not linked to Graves' disease. Damn, GD is from diffuse goiter with immunological etiologies (as far as we know), JBP has underlying NODULAR goiter and usually happens in response to treatement of hypothyroidism where newly available iodine induces increased secretion of hormone. Generaly this is from iodine supplementation, medication containing iodide or imaging contrasts.
Its good to be aware of some of the bad things in our environement but to blindly believe that everything directly coming out of it as all good is pure idiocy.
Considering all the polluants we dump in our environment, I am not sure that taking out minerals is a bad thing.
As for the evaporated cane juice, maybe you should have used honey in your example because I found no respectable site whatsoever that had any form of evidence showing health benefits over white sugar, which last time I check were both just sucrose.
The only thing I found was on World's Healthiest Foods which is far from being a reputable source (it was founded by a guy who had one of the first convienient health food company in the 1970s) show a 9.4% B12 content for a 25g intake vs X% for white sugar (I didn't look it up, considering that we already get far more B12 that we need).
I mean damn, its the same high glycemic sucrose with a pinch of B12, at least honey has some antioxydants that it can boost of with some research behind it.
Next time, choose better example.
Hey, I'm not against natural stuff, just make sure you don't fall for the same crap everybody else is falling for.
We might think that natural is hetter, but that is not always the case. Just take the artificial sweetners like aspartame, people believe for some reasons that its evil incarnate but with close to 5 decades of research on it in many countries we still can't find a problem with it if you don't suffer from phenylketonuria.
On the other hand, free-grazing, ranging animals have better omega-3 to saturated fats ratios. Now here you see benefits of ''natural'' vs industrial.
Just like everthing else, it is important to seperate the good stuff from the crap.