Is Sea Salt the Healthier, Natural Option?

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Is sea salt all that it’s cracked up to be?  It seems like everywhere you turn, in the snack aisle at the grocery store, or on restaurant menus, foods are promoted by manufacturers with the words “made with sea salt.” It makes sense that we’d pick up the healthier version of salt if possible.  Most of us know that a high amount of sodium in our diet can cause health issues such as high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.  A lot of processed foods contain tons of sodium and some manufacturers have started to advertise lower sodium amounts due to an increasing awareness of the risks involved.

In the wake of this awareness, it seems as if sea salt is being built up as a health food product.  It’s important to know whether this is the truth.  Sea salt is used as a staple in many U.S. kitchens these days. It seems more enticing.  It comes from the sea and is what remains when seawater evaporates. Although the color and taste of sea salt can be affected by tiny amounts of minerals that were in the water, it doesn’t change the salt’s nutritional value.

On the other hand, table salt comes from the ground and is processed, usually with added iodine, for mineral removal.  It makes sense that you’d choose sea salt over table salt if you wanted to buy a product based only on the fact that it’s less processed.  But, if you’re going to pick up a bag of unhealthy potato chips, it doesn’t matter if you get them with sea salt or not.  You’re not making yourself healthier by having sea salt on your junk food.  It seems as though this is an effective marketing trick–don’t fall for it.

The Mayo Clinic backs up the fact that these two salts have the same basic nutritional value and are marketed in an effort to make sea salt seem like the healthier, natural option.  They both contain the same amount of sodium and chloride by weight.  They have the same amount of sodium, side-by-side, per gram, on your table or on the shelves.

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