Sea Salt vs. Table Salt
So, are there any benefits to switching from iodized table salt to sea salt? Well, aside from the superior taste Sea Salt, there happens to also be several additional reasons to make the switch,
When I did some research the most startling discovery I made was that sea salt over table salt is that it actually contains less sodium overall. The reason for this is table salt is highly refined and what is left after this refining process is almost pure sodium chloride. Table Salt is mined from the earth, so it starts off as a raw form of sodium chloride and has beneficial minerals mixed in. During the refining process natural minerals are eliminated resulting in a higher per-granule sodium content behind.
Sea salt is collected in trays from the ocean. The water that is caught in these trays is dried by the sun, and what is left after the water evaporates is totally unrefined sea salt. This minimal processing leaves a lot of the natural trace mineral intact, which also reduces the actual sodium content.
Often the commercial Salt industry expresses concerned about the lack of an iodine additive in sea salt, as you find in table salt. According to Harvard Medical School, “It makes more sense to get your iodine from food. Ocean-caught or ocean-farmed fish and shellfish tend to be naturally rich in iodine. Other good sources include milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, and vegetables grown in iodine-rich soil. Multivitamin pills that also contain minerals usually provide 150 micrograms of iodine.”
We all want to manage our sodium intake. Many people report having to use less sea salt than table salt to get that savory flavor in their food, so you may want to consider choosing a Vintage Salt Product as a strategy for lowering the sodium content in your diet.