Benefits of Sea Salt
by Marshall Crum
processed, contains a lot of left over minerals and elements. Impurities are its big
selling point and sometimes gives it identifying colors or flavors. An example would
be the grey variety that has tiny bits of clay in it, or a Hawaiian variety that has
iron-rich red volcanic clay added to it. Lately, there are all kinds of gourmet varieties
available and you can now get dead sea, Himalayan, kosher or any kind of sea salt
Information from the Mayo Clinic website indicates that sea salt and table salt have
the same basic nutritional value and both consist mainly of two minerals, sodium and
chloride. However, regardless of this fact, sea salt is often marketed as the more
natural and healthy alternative. The real difference between the two is in the taste,
texture and processing, not the chemical makeup. A major difference is the cost.
Sea salt and ordinary salt contain about the same amount of sodium chloride by
weight. Nutritionally, your body only needs a couple hundred milligrams (mg) a day
to stay healthy. But, sodium is an ingredient in most processed foods and most
people get far more (read this as too much) sodium than they need, mostly from
The importance of minerals in the diet can't be dismissed. Iodine is commonly added
to table salt to help prevent thyroid conditions. But I've found little research that
proves sea salt is better for you than ordinary salt and claims are usually made from
personal perspective and preference by whoever you are talking to.
The biggest difference I've found is in the way salt is produced. Sea salt is produced
by evaporating sea water. This usually leaves small trace amounts of minerals and
elements depending upon how much is in the water. With no further processing the
minerals add flavor and color to sea salt.
Ordinary table salt usually comes from underground salt deposits. Table salt is more
heavily processed to eliminate trace minerals and usually contains an additive to
prevent clumping. Most table salt also has added iodine, an essential nutrient that
appears naturally in minute amounts in sea salt.
Regardless of which type of salt you prefer, you should keep sodium consumption
between 1,500 and 2,300 mg of sodium a day if you're a healthy adult. If you have
medical conditions, you should follow your doctor's recommendations concerning
sodium consumption. People with high blood pressure, and anyone middle-aged or
older should aim for the low end of that range.
Salt as we have known it for years, is a pure white free flowing spice that is essential
to flavor our daily foods. Now, there are all kinds of gourmet varieties with different
flavors, colors and textures available from many sources. Color and flavor usually
depends on where and how the spice is produced.
Many gourmet chefs, in homes and in restaurants, have learned to appreciate and
distinguish between the distinctive qualities of the many varieties of sea salts and
how these spices enhance the flavors and finish of foods.
The bottom line is that sea salt may not be any healthier than ordinary table salt. If
you prefer sea salt and believe that it has some health benefits, then it may be worth
the added cost. If you like to experiment with different colors and flavors, then find a
good source where the quality is high and advice is available.
About The Author
Marshall Crum enjoys writing articles about health and safety issues and other
subjects of interest that provide help for people who are looking for ways to improve
their health to look and feel better about themselves. Weight Loss and diets as an
educational issue have been a special interest for a long time. If you're more
reasonable information about losing weight safely and the benefits of sea salt, visit
my blog at .
Until recently salt was considered a
basic commodity. Lately however,
sea salt has received a lot of
attention as a nutritional supplement.
The health benefits include claims of
everything from improving digestion
to imparting "harmonious energy,"
and are credited to minerals and
trace elements that are refined out of
the ordinary kind that is processed,
have anti-clumping characteristics
and is "pure".
Sea salt by itself is generally far from
being pure. It comes from
evaporating sea water and unless it is
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