BROOKLYN - Chronic health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure are big issues in Brooklyn, and experts say sugar and salt play a role in contributing to those medical issues.

Doctors say that not all sugar and salt is bad for the body, but the unnatural processes that these items typically go through can remove all the vitamins and minerals that healthy bodies need. Too much processed sugar can feed micro-organisms, thus creating an environment for disease, parasites and fungus.

Many doctors recommend taking an all-natural approach by using honey or pure cane sugar as sweeteners, and using unrefined sea salts for seasoning. Still, they should be used in moderation.