Here’s What You Need To Know About Salt In Your Diet

What You Need To Know About Salt In Your Diet

By Lauren Talbot, C.N.

We have come to accept salt as a part of the in-crowd – albeit a member of the in-crowd with a bad reputation. A meal is not complete without a pinch (or two, or more…) of salt and our tables look naked without the requisite saltshaker. Yet salt is also frequently blamed for our nation’s high blood pressure. Salt, though, is not the enemy. Rather it is the type of salt we choose and the quantity we consume that is problematic.

So salt-lovers, have we got good news for you! (Well, sort of.)

Table Salt

While table salt is the most commonly used and widely available salt on the market, it is not the only choice. Although some will say that the only difference between table salt and sea salt is with regard to taste and texture, there is a health related disparity as well.

Table salt, for example, is mined from underground salt deposits and is generally processed. It often contains additives to prevent it from clumping and iodine (a naturally occurring essential mineral) usually has to be added because it, along with other trace minerals, has been eliminated during processing.

Sea Salt

A quality Sea Salt, on the other hand, is produced through the evaporation of seawater.  It contains a minute amount of naturally occurring essential trace minerals (minerals that add flavor, color, and add to the coarseness of the salt) and is a natural source of iodine.

The bottom line:

You’ll need less for the same flavor and you’ll be eliminating unnecessary additives. So, while an over consumption of any source of sodium can be problematic, next time you want a salty seasoning: reach for the Sea Salt instead.