Should You Switch to Sea Salt?

Q: What’s with all the hype surrounding sea salt?

A: You’ve probably seen sea salt used in place of traditional table salt in many healthy recipes. While health-conscious consumers nationwide switch over to sea salt, many converts aren’t even sure why exactly they made the switch. Chefs are also seasoning with sea salt, not only for its nutritional benefits but for its crunchy texture and excellent flavor.

Reasons to Season with Sea Salt

For those who are confused, the main difference between sea salt and table salt has to do with processing. Sea salt is obtained as a result of the evaporation of sea water. Sea salt is generally not processed at all, or minimally processed. Table salt, on the other hand, is processed in order to achieve that fine texture. On top of that, unnecessary ingredients are often added to prevent clumping or caking.

Q: What are the benefits of using sea salt instead of table salt?

A: There is a common misconception that sea salt has less sodium than table salt. The reality is that both contain roughly 600 milligrams of sodium per ¼ teaspoon. That being said, sea salt retains many trace minerals that are removed from table salt during its processing. These trace minerals in sea salt may help to promote a positive electrolyte balance.*

The most noticeable difference between sea salt and table salt in respect to health is their alkaline levels. The internal environment of our body remains at a pH (potential hydrogen level) of about 7.0. Our internal environment is alkaline, and any foods that are highly acidic can cause stress to our body in an effort to maintain that balance. It’s important to incorporate as many alkaline foods into our diet as possible to ensure we have proper alkaline reserves. While table salt is highly acidic, sea salt is highly alkaline. Making the switch to sea salt can be an excellent way to promote alkaline balance within our bodies.*

Q: Can sea salt be added to everything?

A: Absolutely! While sea salt may have some benefits over table salt, it’s important to note that sea salt is still salt and moderation is important. The Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) is roughly 2,400 milligrams, or 1 teaspoon.

On the contrary, consuming no salt can be just as harmful as consuming it in excess. Sodium is responsible for various bodily functions, including helping our bodies hold water and prevent dehydration.

Sea salt can be subbed in place of table salt in recipes or sprinkled on top of any food for that matter. There are also sea salt variations of popcorn, potato chips, pretzels and crackers. Many consumers actually prefer the taste and texture of sea salt. It’s not only found on the dining room table, but sea salt is also commonly used in a variety of personal care and beauty products. Try this simple exfoliating scrub below.

Sea Salt Exfoliating Face & Body Scrub

Exfoliating Sea Salt Scrub

½ cup sweet almond or grapeseed oil
1 cup sea salt
5-20 drops lavender (relaxing) or rosemary (invigorating) essential oil.

Feel free to use your favorite essential oils in place of our recommendations.

 

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together thoroughly until well-combined.
  2. Apply scrub once per week to promote clean and healthy skin.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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