It’s one of those questions that we often get asked here at I’m A Useless Info Junkie: what’s the difference between sea salt and table salt? Is sea salt indeed healthier? Well, send us emails no more, we have the answer for you.
Let’s find out.
First of all, let’s clear this out: All salt is sodium chloride, and it all comes from the sea. The difference between sea salt and table salt lies in the processing. (the article continues after the ad)
1. Sea salt
Sea salt is produced by the evaporation process of sea water (or of course, saltwater lakes). Remember when we talked about Why Is The Sea Salty? Well, depending on the source, this leaves behind several minerals and elements. These minerals ultimately add flavor to the sea salt as well as a variety of coarseness levels.
1. Table salt
On the other hand, table salt is the salt found in underground salt deposits and is extracted through sale mines. Salt deposits are remnants bodies of seawater that have dried up and are long gone. Table salt is heavily processed (compared to sea salt) and it contains an additive which serves the purpose of clumping prevention. It also contains added iodine, a nutrient that helps in maintaining a healthy thyroid.
So, which one is healthier?
Well, actually none. Both sea salt and table salt have more or less the same basic nutritional value. Whichever type of salt you fancy though, you should not over do it. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that you limit sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams (around one teaspoon) a day.
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