Is It Healthier To Use Table Or Sea Salt?

August 21, 2017

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Sea salt has become more popular over the years but what is the difference between the two and which is better. Some say sea sale has less sodium, others say it has more minerals, but the number one reason people tend to avoid using sea salt is its lack of iodine.  While sea and table salt may seem different, they're basically the same thing.  Salt harvested from underground mines were created millions of years ago. But that's where the identical similarities end. While all salt comes from the sea, much of the minerals found in mined salt have long dissipated and some of those minerals that have remain are lost in processing. Rather young sea salts have as many as 84 trace minerals, in addition to calcium, magnesium and potassium, which can add flavor and therefore has an effect of people using less of it and consuming less sodium.  While it sounds like sea salt is the way to go at the dinner table, many shy away from it because of iodine, an essential nutrient that added to table salt. While we believe this is the only source to obtain iodine, it’s in a lot of the foods we eat.  You get most of it from the foods we eat, such as fish, shrimp and tuna.  In addition there is more iodine in a cup of plain yogurt than in a 1/4 teaspoon of iodized salt.  Other iodine-rich foods include, eggs, ice cream, milk and bread. In fact, it is only voluntary that salt companies add iodine. So try sea salt for a little flavor next time. But if you still feel safer with added iodine in your salt but like the flavor of sea salt, opt for brand that include iodine.  All you have to do is check the label.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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