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


Regular (iodized) table salt not only contains anti-caking agents, it contains sugar! Most people don't realize this--just take a look at the label. I learned many years ago that adding sugar cuts the some of the salty taste--hence, people tend to use more of the table salt and inadvertently adding more sodium to their diets. For some reason, uniodized table salt does not contain sugar.


02/17/2010 - 5:26pm

I have no answer in regards to "is sea salt healthier", but I do know that since I started using sea salt years ago I find the flavor much more enjoyable than regular table salt. I also find that I have to use less, which contributes to being "healthier" in the sense that decreasing sodium intake is better for you. And it does contain minerals, which may benefit the body as well. As far as the iodine, sea salt is naturally free of iodine, but there are many brands that now "iodize" their sea salts, which means that iodine has been added to the product. The brand I use, Hain, is inexpensive (about $1.74 per canister, same size as regular salt) and is iodized. Hope this helps.


02/17/2010 - 7:59pm

My biggest problem in reducing salt intake is eating out. They really salt things up -- even when I ask them not to add salt. So I solved the problem. I just don't eat out much. When I do, it's mostly a grilled chicken salad -- but a big fat, juicy steak once in a while may not kill you.


02/18/2010 - 1:22pm

The idea of sea salt makes me shudder- how much whale pee is in that stuff? and clay? aaaargh just too unsanitary for me. Give me kosher any day.


02/18/2010 - 3:33pm

Refined table salt is a chemical. It is 99.99 pure sodium chloride. The chemical companies that make refined table salt actually remove all of the trace minerals and elements from natural mineral salts. They then coat the salts with anti-caking agents to keep it from sticking together. Natural sea salt is simply solar dried ocean water without any additives. It seems fairly obvious which one would be better tolerated by the human body. One is a chemical and the other is gourmet food.


04/30/2010 - 1:31pm

I've used iodized sea salt for several years now and feel it may be healthier due to our system's ability to pass the stuff. Take two glasses of warm water and disolve a teaspoon of regular table salt in one and sea salt in the other. Wait an hour or so and check them. The majority of the sea salt has returned to it's crystal form while the table salt is still mostly disolved. I'm thinking it might have something to do with the anti-caking agents to commercial salts. Bottom line is we're more likely to pass more of the sea salt through our digestive systems than than the evil twin. This can result in the same or superior taste with less ill health consequences.


08/10/2010 - 7:05pm

Ugh, some really stupid people posting here.

1) Table salt is not 99% chemical, sodium chloride is the name for salt - you idiot! Table salts can contain up to 2% of anti-caking agents which are chemicals.

2) And no, table salt does not contain sugar - you are an idiot as well.


06/11/2012 - 1:13am

It's very simple. Our bodies being made of organic material, will absorb organic material naturally and efficiently. Where as chemicals (such as table salt) are man made, and are always WITH NO EXCEPTION harmful to your organic body. Your body is not made of chemicals so y do we continue to put them in on or around our bodies? Table salt is TOXIC to the body- do more research and see what u find. Sea salt ALKALIZES our body, which is naturally acidic. Scientist sit in a lab and create-with whatever chemicals they want to- a compound with the same molecular structure as say, Vit C. And only bc the molecular structure matches the organic structure, they are able to label it Vit C. But the average person doesn't not realize--> your body does NOT absorb ascorbic acid, and use it like it would REAL VIT C. They r all chemicals and cause harm to your body. I know it's tough to understand if your taking vitamins that are made of chemicals & not made out of plants, YOU DO NIT GET THE "vitamins" u think you are getting. Seriously, do more research, find out for yourself. Peace and love to you all. Yaay for sea salt! Y would u ever feel the need to use reg table salt when sea salt taste better, and it better for you? ;-)


12/18/2012 - 9:23pm

Une personne allergique à l'iode, doit-elle utiliser le sel de mer au lieu du sel ordinaire iodé ?


12/22/2012 - 10:18am

I'm not really much of a salt person myself, don't get me wrong I love flavors in my food. You kn if chicken should taste like chicken add some flavor to it and let it taste like chicken without all the salt. Salt would hv 2 be so much of a pinch to the point I can't taste it. Some ppl think they need alot of salt for flavor. There r some ppl who uses fresh herbs and spices, when other uses bottle herbs and spices to their food. With fresh herbs and spices u may need to add a lil salt, sea salt may be perferably better cuz it pulls out the flavor more in the herbs, bringing better quality of taste to ur dish than regular salt. Now when using herbs and spices in a bottle be careful there could be already added salt to them. So it mite be unness to add salt on ur own when making a dish. So ppl taste the enjoyment of ur foods and cut out some of the salt. If ur hv steak & potatoes, give it some flavor but let it taste like steak & potatoes. (I'm just a regular stay at home mom w experience).


01/16/2013 - 9:22pm

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