Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sea Salt Vs. Table Salt - Which Is Better?

Sea salt has boomed with popularity lately as being a healthy alternative to table salt. The hype around sea salt is the claim that it is "natural" and contains minerals that table salt does not have. With all the marketing around sea salt it is hard to understand the difference between it and table salt, if there is much a difference.

Sea salt is produced through evaporation of seawater, usually with little processing, which may leave behind trace amounts of minerals. The truth is that the minerals are in such low quantity that they don't make a difference to your health. Table salt is mined from underground salt deposits and is more processed, to give it a finer texture.

By weight, both sea salt and table salt contain the same amount of sodium. According to a survey done by the American Heart Association, 61% of respondents believed that sea salt is a low-sodium alternative to table salt. Sea salt does contain a more intense flavor so you may end up using less of it.

There are no health benefits of using sea salt over table salt. The only difference between the two is taste. Keep in mind that the American Heart Association recommends limiting your sodium intake to no more than 1,500 milligrams a day. Most people consume far too much sodium, so no matter which you choose, use it lightly.

"Sea Salt Vs. Table Salt." Www.heart.org. 26 Aug. 2011. Web. 23 Apr. 2012. <http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Sea-Salt-Vs-Table-Salt_UCM_430992_Article.jsp>.

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