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Sea Salt Vs. Table Salt: Which is better?

Updated on January 24, 2010
Sea Salt Vs Table Salt
Sea Salt Vs Table Salt

It is a common question in most people's minds. Sea Salt Vs. Table Salt: Which is better? What are the differences or reasons folks tend to prefer sea salt?

Sea Salt

Sea salt is a broad term that generally refers to unrefined salt derived directly from a living ocean or sea. Naturally harvested sea salt contains minerals that help to draw toxins from the skin. Bathing using natural sea salts also helps to soothe sore muscles. Sea salts are attractive in their natural state, but they can also be lightly tinted and fragranced.It is harvested through channeling ocean water into large clay trays and allowing the sun and wind to evaporate it naturally. Some of the most common sources for sea salt include the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean. Sea salt is healthier and more flavorful that traditional table salt. Available in coarse, fine and extra fine grain size.Manufacturers of sea salt typically do not refine sea salt as much as other kinds of salt, so it still contains traces of other minerals, including iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iodine.Coarse Grain Sea Salt is a large crystal salt that is great for bath salts and for use in soaps. The medium grain size is wonderful for use in bath salts and scrubs. The fine grain size is about the size of table salt and is perfect for use in bath salts, foot scrubs and body polishes.


Table Salt

 Table salt is the most common kind of salt found in the average kitchen. It usually comes from salt mines and once mined, it is refined and most minerals are removed from it until it is pure sodium chloride. Most table salt is available either plain or iodized. American salt manufacturers began iodizing salt in the 1920's, in cooperation with the government, after people in some parts of the country were found to be suffering from goiter, an enlargement of the thyroid gland caused by an easily-preventable iodine deficiency. People require less than 225 micrograms of iodine a day. Seafood as well as sea salt contains iodine naturally and the supplement is unnecessary if there are sufficient quantities of either in one's diet. Table salt is mined from underground salt deposits, and includes a small portion of calcium silicate, an anti-caking agent added to prevent clumping. It possesses very fine crystals and a sharp taste. Because of its fine grain a single teaspoon of table salt contains more salt than a tablespoon of kosher or sea salt.

Hope this explanation of both sea salt and table salt helps you clearly see which is better? Sea Salt or Table Salt. To me, taste is great when sea salt is used and I personally like to use sea salt in my cooking.

Kosher Salt

Kosher salt takes its name from its use in the koshering process. It contains no preservatives and can be derived from either seawater or underground sources. Aside from being a great salt to keep within arm's reach when you are cooking, it is particularly useful in preserving, because its large crystals draw moisture out of meats and other foods more effectively than other salts.

Sea Salt Vs Table Salt: Which is the better choice?

Ordinary table salt has been stripped of its companion elements and contains additive. In studies, table salts have been linked to hypertension and other heart or blood illness. Table salt also gives many people the feeling of being bloated.

Natural sea salt is a healthy replacement for ordinary table salt on the market; it contains about 80 mineral elements that the body needs. Sea salt has nutrients and minerals that help your body preserve the blood cells. Overall, sea salts are better for you. If you haven't tried it, switch salts for a week and you will see a difference.

Sea salt is more expensive than table salt. If you are going to buy sea salt or kosher salt for the health benefits make sure that the packages say unrefined. This makes the difference of how much of the natural minerals are still in the salt. Since unrefined salt has more moisture if you are going to use it in a shaker pur some uncooked rice in as well to help break up any clumps that will form.

Whether you use sea salt, table salt or some other type of salt, most experts recommend between 1,500 and 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day for healthy adults.


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    • fleurdesal profile image

      fleurdesal 6 years ago

      sea salt is the best... you did not mentioned fleur de sel.. now that's a great salt...

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      Laser 7 years ago

      This article is significantly biased at times. Statements have been made without evidence to back them up (eg "sea salt contains minerals that help to draw toxins from the skin" - uh, really? which ones?) and some are just plain wrong (eg the suggestion that table salt alone is linked to hypertension and heart disease when in fact intake of sea salt also contributes to these conditions). Remember that sea salt is obtained by evaporating sea water and so pollutants like dead sealife/fish poo will be present in small amounts in the final product. Plus iodisation of table salt would not be necessary if people were getting enough iodine in their diets, so substituting sea salt instead of table salt may put people at risk of iodine deficiency and thyroid problems.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 9 years ago from United States

      I love sea salt! But the fact is that even sea salt has the same effects on high blood pressure and cholesterol. If you eat too much of either one, the results are the same. Also, much of the unrefined sea salt does not contain iodine, which is essential to the body so if you use sea salt, you should make sure to replace the iodine through other sources or look for the sea salt with iodine added. As far as taste preferrence, I will choose sea salt any day!