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

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

11/01/2014 - 1:30pm

Their both the same

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

08/22/2014 - 12:17pm

Will you suffer consequences without the iodine in table salt?

Anonymous

06/24/2014 - 11:08pm

so,is it better for you than table salt

Anonymous

06/09/2014 - 7:26pm

for gods sake just look at the very water from which sea salt is made off.our oceans specially close to big cities (where most sea salt is made )are full of all sorts of chemical, muncipal wastes so the salt made also contains traces of all such wastes as the salt making process simply evaporates water and what is left is sea salt,one the other hand rock salt was also made by water evaporation of sea water but thousands of years back when there was no pollution in water as well as in air.so simple logic leads us to this fact that rock salt is much pure than present marketed sea salt.an other indirect proof is that sea salt is more bitter than rock salt (this is one reason that most chiefs prefer sea salt over rock but at what cost) than rock salt 'we end up consuming additional pollutants for sake of taste alone.

Anonymous

05/14/2014 - 3:02am

Sea salt usually contains additional minerals and the flavor can differ depending on where the seawater
was obtained. Some gourmet cooks collect a variety of sea salts and are able to identify the distinct flavor of each. Iodine isn't added to sea salt however iodine may be present depending on the water source.

Anonymous

05/12/2014 - 11:23am

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