Our tears are salty. Even our blood is salty. The fluids in our bodies are like an ocean environment. Salt is essential for life and yet our bodies cannot make it. So, it must come from an outside source. Most often it comes from meat or regular table salt. Usually we seldom think about it when we eat unless we have a medical condition where a doctor will tell us to decrease the amount of salt intake. If you do grocery shopping, you will find two main types of salt – sea salt and table salt. Sea salt is generally more expensive than other seasonings.
Have you ever wonder which of these is a better choice?
Before we talk about that, let’s understand what sea salt and table salt is:
- Natural sea salt refers to unrefined salt derived directly from sea. It is harvested through channeling ocean water into large clay trays and allowing the sun and wind to evaporate it naturally. Because this salt is not refined, it contains minerals.
- Table salt is typically from rock salt, which is mined from underground salt deposits. It is refined and most minerals are removed. Initially, table salt was sold as pure sodium chloride. However, in 1920’s American salt manufacturers began iodizing salts, in cooperation with the government, after people in some parts of the country were found to be suffering from goiter. Goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland caused by iodine deficiency.
Table Salt versus Sea Salt, Which Is Better?
- Sea salt is 98% sodium chloride whereas table salt is about 99.9% purity. The remaining 2 percent can be trace minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, iodine, potassium, manganese and zinc contained in sea salt naturally. Because of these mineral, some people believe that sea salt is more flavorful and healthier.
- Also, sea salt does not contain additives which can be found in table salt.
- My mum prefer sea salt because its taste is more prominent. Further more, because sea salt is coarser (has larger crystal size) and therefore it does not settle into a measuring spoon as tightly as table sale, she tend to use less of it if she cook with sea salt.
- According to her, from a cooking perspective the main difference is texture. Table salt is very fine which makes it easy to dissolve. Sea salt are coarser and add a bit of crunch when seasoning last minute.
Regardless sea salt and table salt, experts recommend between 1,500 and 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day for healthy adults. Eating too much of salt may lead to high blood pressure.
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