Monday, March 2, 2015

Sea Salt or Table Salt: Which is Better?

Recently there has been a big push for consumers to buy sea salt instead of table salt. The argument is that sea salt is less refined and rumor has it, contains less sodium. Being aware of the following characteristics will help you decide which type of salt to buy next time you are at the store.
  • Sea salt is obtained by evaporating seawater, which leaves salt crystals behind, and does not typically undergo any other type of refinement process. Table salt on the other hand, is mined from salt deposits and goes through a process to make it finer and easier to use in cooking.
  • Table salt has iodine, a mineral needed for healthy thyroid function, added to it while sea salt does not have iodine present.  
  • Sea salt and table salt have the SAME amount of sodium, approximately 40% by weight.

Next time, when trying to decide what type of salt to buy, just remember that all salt has the same amount of sodium. Be mindful of how much salt you consume in your daily diet, as a high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure, and increase your risk of heart disease.

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