Sea salt or ocean salt is used in many health diets because it is said to have better health benefits and is more natural than table salt.
There are some differences between the two kinds of salts; while their chemical makeups are the same, both of them consist of two main minerals: sodium and chloride.
But ocean salt has different taste and texture from table salt. It is processed differently and very lightly, and normally is produced through evaporating seawater. This is the very reason why it has different flavor, texture and color. It usually has a small amount of minerals from the water source depending on its location. Iodine is one of its natural ingredients.
All ocean salts are not created equal too! Most coastal countries produce ocean salt which flavors and colors vary from one another. They are all known as gourmet salts, preferred over table salts by many.
In comparison, table salt is more heavily processed, eliminating other mineral traces. It's also added food additive to prevent it from becoming clump. And iodine is added in most cases, which is necessary for our health.
No matter which type of salt you use, the healthy sodium consumption should be 1,500- 2,300 mg a day.
If you have high blood pressure, or have reached middle-age, aim for the lower end of this sodium consumption range. Though ocean salt is more natural and has other minerals, too much of it is not good either.
And don't confuse salt from sea with salt from Dead Sea.
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