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Sea salt vs. table salt

September 13th, 2011 | no comments

sea saltSea salt or table salt- which is better for you? Before we get to the answer, here are the facts. Both are made up of 40% sodium and 60% chloride. Table salt is mined from underground rock salt and undergoes processing to remove trace minerals. Iodine, an essential nutrient, is added to most forms of table salt.

Per 1/4 teaspoon, table salt has approximately: 590 mgs of sodium

Sea salt is obtained by the evaporation of seawater, with very little processing. It usually contains some trace minerals and elements, giving it a slightly different flavor than regular table salt. Sea salt grains may or may not be bigger than those of table salt, but if they’re bigger, you may end up using less.

Per 1/4 teaspoon, sea salt has approximately: 400-590 mgs of sodium

So, do the extra minerals found in sea salt make it a healthier choice? Sorry to disappoint you, but salt is salt! Your body doesn’t care if it comes from the sea or an underground salt mine, it processes both the same way. Consider the following facts:

  • Although sodium is an essential mineral for life, you only need a few HUNDRED milligrams to survive
  • The average American takes in between 3000-6000 mgs per day
  • Sodium recommendations are between 1500-2300 mgs per day

So what should you do?

  • Whether it’s sea salt or table salt- get that shaker off of the table!
  • Reduce the amount of processed foods (like frozen, canned, snack, and boxed convenience foods) in your diet
  • Read food labels for sodium and always opt for the lower sodium choices
  • Flavor your foods with herbs and spices instead of salt
  • Give your taste buds a chance to adapt to less sodium. Don’t be surprised when your old salty favorites taste too salty for your taste buds!

Make it an energizing day!

Melanie

 

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