The Difference between Sea Salt and Iodized Salt
Can you tell the difference?
Sea Salt and Iodized Salt
There seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding which salt is better for you, sea salt or iodized salt. One is marketed as being healthier and more natural for you while the other is just a little shaker that we do not know much about. And there does not seem to be anyone jumping at the opportunity to let you know the difference between the two either. So I am going to write about the differences between sea salt and iodized salt. And after giving you the facts, I want you to be comfortable making the decision which one is better for you.
Sea salt is simply the salt left from evaporating sea water. This means that the minerals and elements may be slightly different because of different areas from which the salt water is taken. The color of sea salt may be slightly different because of these minerals and elements as well. Sea salt is generally not processed too much besides changing the coarseness of the salt.
The major downfall of sea salt is that it is not iodized but sea salt does have trace amounts of iodine. And this can be a problem if you are not eating enough foods that have iodine in them. Iodine is an essential element that assist the human endocrine system, but there are plenty of foods that have iodine. An iodine deficiency is one reason that people get a goiter. The mid-west United States is known to have a major issue with iodine deficiency, a very good possibility of why some salt is iodized.
Overall, sea salt is processed less, is not iodized, may taste slightly different because of the mineral and element differences, the texture may be different from table salt, and the color may vary slightly.
Iodized salt is what general-everyday table salt is. Table salt is mined from underground salt deposits and processed to be a fine texture. During the processing, the salt is iodized as well as preservatives to keep it from clumping as readily. The process is pretty standardized and the taste will be the same, the texture the same, and the color the same.
Iodized salt and sea salt start off pretty much the same with the exception of the trace elements and minerals in them. These differences are not significant though. The differences between the two comes into play with iodized salt being processed more than sea salt. If your diet lacks foods that naturally contain iodine then iodized salt may be the best choice for you. If your intake of iodine is sufficient then why not try something that does not contain any preservatives?
Sea salt is processed less than regular table salt and is more trace elements and minerals. Give it a try.
So overall, there is not much of a difference between the two salts. Sea salt is more of a naturalist salt wanting more trace elements and minerals while not having iodine concerns. The other more processed, but has been iodized to remedy an iodine deficiency. If you are truly concerned there is another product that is a hybrid between the two. And that is iodized sea salt. Out of all of them regular table salt will be the lowest price per ounce. I personally would highly suggest iodized sea salt though. It offers the best of both worlds and does not have the bad of either world.