Sea salt is touted as a healthy salt and table salt is usually thought of as processed. The question is, should you eat sea salt, and is it really healthier than table salt?
Today I’ll share some of the shocking research along with the pros and cons.
You may be surprised to hear what I have to share with you below because sea salt may not be as healthy as you originally may have thought of…
Is There A Difference?
The main differences between table salt and sea salt is the way they’re processed. The texture and the taste also vary. The way sea salt is produced is by the evaporation of ocean water or saltwater lakes. Sea salt goes through a very minimal amount of processing once it’s harvested from the shores.
Depending on the water source that the salt came from, there will be added trace minerals. These minerals add flavor and color to the sea salt. You can find sea salt in many different levels of coarseness too.
Due to minimal or no processing at all, sea salt retains it’s trace minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, among other beneficial nutrients.
Table salt on the other hand is from a different animal so to speak. Table salt is mined from underground salt deposits and is heavily processed. The processing eliminates minerals and includes a process which adds an additive to prevent caking and clumping of the salt.
The processing of mined salt strips away any minerals it may have contained when it was first harvested from the mine.
Table salt also has iodine added to it in some cases depending on the brand. Iodine is an important for keeping a healthy thyroid.
Sea salt is promoted as a healthier alternative but just because it’s sea salt doesn’t mean you can eat unlimited amounts of it. You should still stick to the dietary guidelines of around 1,500 milligrams per day.
Sea salt and table salt have a similar basic nutritional value and when it comes down to it sodium is sodium. I would recommend you stick to a sea salt if you’re going to add any salt to your food.
The reason I choose sea salt over traditional salt is because it doesn’t contain the anti caking additive and it’s minimally processed compared to table salt.