Sea Salt Vs Salt
There are most definitely differences, and many would argue that the natural salt is healthier due to the minimal processing and lack of refinement it undergoes. Others maintain that the only difference is taste, or that ocean salt is not healthier due to potentially polluted ocean waters. Let’s take a look at some of the claims and real differences between the two.
Sodium chloride is sodium chloride, and most people associate the term “salt” with this chemical compound. While both salts contain this, although normal salt contains no other minerals. Regular salt does, however, usually have anti-caking agents such as calcium silicate or silicon dioxide (sand) added to it, as well as dextrose (sugar), and iodine.
Natural ocean salt does not have anything added to it, but it naturally contains varying amounts of trace minerals and other constituents.
Origins of Salts
Ocean salt is obtained by simply evaporating sea water; once the water is gone, the salty deposits are left behind and bottled for sale. Ordinary salt, on the other hand, is mined from underground, and is “purified” by heat blasting or chemical treatments to contain only sodium chloride before the typical additives (noted above) are added. There are concerns that the ocean water used to make the alternative salt may contain impurities.
Excessive intake of sodium chloride can cause health problems, but it is worth noting that the alternative salt has some constituents that may help balance out any harmful effects from the sodium chloride it contains. For example, excessive sodium chloride consumption can lead to inhibited calcium absorption by increasing the secretion of calcium in the urine.
This implicates excessive sodium chloride intake as a causal factor in osteoporosis and other calcium-deficient disorders. But the alternative salt actually contains calcium and magnesium, helping to replace whatever of those minerals may be lost through urination. And the magnesium the salt from the sea contains promotes calcium absorption.
Many people claim that there is a distinctive difference in the taste of the two different types of salts. Recipes, in fact, have been known to turn out “too salty” when common salt was used instead of the alternative salt which was called for specifically in the recipe. This is probably due to the fact that the alternative salt contains other minerals that do not taste salty (calcium, magnesium, iron, etc.) as well as the one that does (sodium chloride).
Many people simply choose ocean salt because they prefer to eat foods that are less refined on principle. Still others may choose regular salt because they know how it “measures” in recipes, or to be sure they obtain enough iodine because you question is ocean salt iodized, and the answer is yes, some manufacturers do iodize sea salt so you need not avoid ocean salt . The difference between salt and sea salt vs table salt are quite simple, ocean salt is a healthier alternative than salt, but the taste will be the true deciding factor for many. Bon appetite!