Sea Salt is No Better for You Than Regular Salt

Question: My husband had a heart attack two years ago and his doctor told him he has to reduce his salt intake. But I've read on a few websites that sea salt is really good for you and not to avoid it. I want to do what's best so is sea salt really good for you?

Answer: Sea salt is just as high in sodium as regular table salt. Although, it's sometimes touted as being better for you than regular table salt, both types of salt would probably have the same impact on your health.

Consuming too much sodium is linked to high blood pressure and a greater risk of cardiovascular disease in some people. Sea salt and regular table salt both contain sodium and chloride, in the same ratio, so chemically there is almost no difference.

So why do people believe sea salt is better?

I think it's because sea salt seems to be less processed or sounds more exotic than plain old table salt. There are teeny tiny amounts of other minerals present in sea salt, which may add flavor and color to the salt. Sea salt is very attractive, especially when it's served in a little bowl alongside your meal.

Cutting Back on Sodium

Although most of your sodium intake comes from processed foods, cutting back on salt use certainly helps. Skip the salt when you cook and don't put a salt shaker on the table when you eat. It takes a little getting used to the change in flavor, but you can get used to it. Otherwise, you can replace regular salt with salt substitutes made with potassium chloride rather than sodium chloried. Or try one of the sodium-free herbal seasoning blends (read the labels - some contain salt).

It's just as important to cut out all the heavily processed foods, fast foods and salty snacks. Read the labels to find out how much sodium is present in any packaged foods. Even foods you don't think of as 'salty' may have a lot of sodium.

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