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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 atthemeadow.com.

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I have been using SEA SALT for years AND REGULAR TABLE SALT IS WAY TO SALTY WILL NEVER USE REGULAR SALT AGAIN

Anonymous

10/24/2009 - 3:18pm

I started using see salt about a year ago. I have been able to cut my salt intake more tthaan half before the sea salt. I have become salt sensitive to alot of foods. I have laearned to eat some foods without any salt at all.

Anonymous

01/07/2010 - 3:33pm

Salt is salt is salt. Sodium chloride. Sea salt also has other "things" that were in the sea water, and trapped in the salt. I worked for Penzey's for over a year, they have some great salt-free products which add flavor to the food without adding the sodium. I am sure there are other manufacturers that do the same.

Anonymous

02/16/2010 - 6:16pm

The question didn't get answered, other than saying using sea salt might reduce sodium intake. I thought this would talk about the contents, like minerals, in the salt. Kosher salt is flaked, is that about the same? It's cheaper.

Anonymous

02/16/2010 - 6:39pm

The added benefit of using sea salt in place of table salt is that the balance of minerals is the same as in healthy bodies, while table salt provides only sodium and a few chemicals to make it flow better.

Anonymous

02/16/2010 - 7:36pm

I have found that sea salt adds a layer of flavor I never noticed with table salt or even kosher salt. I use almost no salt when I am cooking and have not salted my food for years to keep blood pressure down. As a result I am very salt sensitive and won't eat potato chips if they taste salty. I know I am low on sodium if really salty foods DO NOT taste salty and that I can safely indulge in a few chips.

Anonymous

02/16/2010 - 9:09pm

I have high blood pressure and regular salt makes my bp rise but sea salt has no effect, so I can eat sea salt and have flavor

Anonymous

02/16/2010 - 10:14pm

I'm curious! Is there as much iodine in the sea salt? I feel eliminating salt from our diets has caused thyroid problems for a lot of people as they seldom like the vegys that have the iodine in them and your thyroid needs it.

Anonymous

02/17/2010 - 11:58am

I use sea salt all the time! and have for many years.

Anonymous

02/17/2010 - 12:00pm

As I understand it, there is no iodine in sea salt. Strange, eh? I've also wondered about the thyroid/iodine issue. I remember years ago seeing people with big goiters on their throats. I have to assume that most people are still using salt with iodine added, or are eating more seafood (that's certainly true--there was a time when seafood wasn't available most places in the midwest) and are getting iodine in their multi-vitamins. Mine has 150 mcg, which is supposedly 100% of our daily requirement.

Anonymous

02/17/2010 - 3:21pm

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