Q. Is Sea Salt Healthier Than Regular Salt?

Is Sea Salt Healthier Than Regular Salt?

A. Even if you’re watching your sodium intake, you can enjoy sea salts. While gram for gram sea salts contain as much sodium as table salt, their larger crystals and unique flavors, derived from various sources, may result in your using less salt overall, says Chef Kyle Shadix, M.S., R.D., director at Nutrition + Culinary Consultants in New York City. Sel Gris de Í’lle de Ré gets its color from gray clay; Maldon has a distinct fine-flake crystal structure; and Himalayan Pink is named for the mountains where it’s mined. Another way to minimize sodium: don’t salt while you’re cooking and instead simply sprinkle a pinch of coarse sea salt on your finished dish before serving. Find interesting sea salts at gourmet shops or online at


It makes sense to me that sea salt would be more healthy because it still has it's natural minerals whereas table salt which is also used in industry is processed and stripped of it's natural components. Therefore, the human body recognizes unprocessed seasalt as a natural product and is able to utilize it more efficiently the way it was intended to be used by the body and does not cause serious blood pressure problems when used in moderation. ..


01/21/2015 - 6:35pm

You can get sea salt with added iodine. I buy it all the time. I do now have to wonder about the point above that water pollutants may be an attribute of sea salt whereas mined salt has not come into contact with modern day pollution. Hmmm! Something to think about.


01/09/2015 - 11:20am

Can anyone please explain what the difference is between sea salt and sea salt crystals
. And which is better for cooking. ie pork crackle


11/25/2014 - 10:50pm

All salt is sea salt. The rock salt in mines was created when that land was under the sea. The healthiest salt is from the Himalayan mountain salt mines, an area now in Pakistan. It was raised out of the sea 250 million years ago when the land now known as South Asia, collided with the Eurasian continent thus forming the Himalaya mountains.


11/09/2014 - 3:20am

I live near by sea. Almost every day I swim at sea. Takes lot of water in. Even the air I breath has salt in it .... I guess I should have serious health problems ?? Till now, I am OK and healthy. I am 55 from India.


11/01/2014 - 1:30pm

Their both the same


09/04/2014 - 10:06am

While many types of table salt are iodine-enriched, they are also stripped of all their natural health properties and are chemically processed. Just one gram of himalayan salt contains approximately 500/mcg of iodine.


08/30/2014 - 9:15pm

I will never believe salt without added iodine is safe. Goiters are practically unheard of now since salt has iodine added. Using sea salt is a dangerous fad. To get the same flavor as table salt it takes three times the amount of sea salt,so how is this healthy? Same difference as low fat foods. Wake up,America,stop falling for every snake oil thing that comes along. Listen to your body-it tells you what it needs by way of cravings and stop going to the doctor for every ache and pain.


08/22/2014 - 12:17pm

Will you suffer consequences without the iodine in table salt?


06/24/2014 - 11:08pm

so,is it better for you than table salt


06/09/2014 - 7:26pm

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