Sea Salt: Low in Sodium?

May 1, 2011 in Medicine by RangelMD

A new American Heart Association poll of advertizing zombies Americans found that 61% believe that sea salt is lower in sodium than table salt. And those 61% are wrong. The difference is how each salt source is processed.

Sea salt is produced through evaporation of seawater, usually with little processing, which leaves behind some trace minerals and elements depending on its water source. These insignificant amounts of minerals add flavor and color to sea salt, which also comes in a variety of coarseness levels.

Sea salt and table salt each have the same amounts of sodium chloride by weight. The small amounts of other salts in sea salt formulations are not enough to affect the percentages or magically dilute out the sodium.


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