Sea Salt vs. Table Salt: What gives?
Sea Salt is becoming more and more of a popular term these days. So what gives? Let’s get down to the facts:
Sea Salt is the direct product of evaporated sea water. You know, that water that hurts your throat when you go under in the pacific ocean.
So sea water is evaporated, and we are left with crystals of salt. Most of the time these crystals are not sent through any kind of processing like table salt is. Therefore restaurants and food manufacturers use sea salt as a way to post “all natural” on a label. Since they do not undergo any kind of processing, this means sea salt has traces of minerals like magnesium or potassium that isn’t found in regular table salt. Sea salt usually is served in large clumps or crystals.
It’s no secret that table salt is processed. It’s refined and stripped of those trace minerals found in sea salt. It is ground and has additives in it to prevent clumping. Iodine is usually added as well.
I know what you are thinking…
“WHAT ABOUT THE SODIUM CONTENT?”
Would you be surprised to hear that the sodium content of regular table salt and sea salt are usually the same? Because it’s true. Check out the food labels next time you are at the grocery store. Both salts have the same amount of sodium per weight.
So please don’t be that person that thinks sea salt is a way to get around this whole heart health salt reduction thing I’m pushing – because you will just be harming yourself! We know by now that sodium intake impacts our blood pressure, among other things.
So which salt should you choose?
Whichever tastes best to you – the sodium content remains the about same. Just remember, the American Heart Association recommends limiting your salt intake to 1,500 mg/day if you have heart disease or if you have a predisposition to it. So be a little more conservative with your dinner time shaking (unless its booty shaking. Dancing is a great way to burn off those extra calories;))