Basics of Salt vs Table Salt

Before you start reading about the History of Salt, realize that until the early part of the 20th century, Salt and Sea Salt were synonomous..The only salt we used came from the Sea.  As we entered the "prepared, processed and canned foods era, the need to add nutrients, vitimins and other trace elements that are destroyed in food processing caused the Salt companies to crack the Sea Salt crystal and seperate out the 85-90 nutrients and trace elements and sell them to the food processiong giants.  What was left at the bottom of the barrel, was Sodium Chloride.  It tasted salty, but it was a brown cake.  But by adding anti-caking agents like Magnesium Carbonate or Calcium Silicate and bleaching it white, there was a market for it, the consumer.  It couldn't be called salt, because it wasn't, so trade names were registered, like Morton's Salt, which is a registed trademark.

This begs the Question:  Is Sea Salt better for you than Table Salt:  We went to the Mayo Clinic.

Sea salt and table salt have the same basic nutritional value — both mostly consist of two minerals — sodium and chloride. However, sea salt is often marketed as a more natural and healthy alternative. The real differences between sea salt and table salt are in their taste, texture and processing, not in the amount of Sodium Cloride.


Seasalt is a broad term that generally refers to unrefined salt derived directly from a living ocean or sea. 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 (particularly in France, on the coast of Brittany). 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 up to 89 traces of other minerals, including iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iodine.

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 until it is pure sodium chloride. Most table salt is available either plain or iodized.

American table 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.  Sea Salt contains natural iodine, thus non is added.

Which is the better choice?

Ordinary table salt has been stripped of it's companion elements and contains additive. In studies table salts have been link to hypertension and other heart or blood illness. Table salt also gives many people the feeling of being bloating.

Natural sea salt is a healthy replacement for ordinary table salt on the market; it contains about 80-85 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.


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