|Sea Salt vs. Table Salt|
Infographic from StepIntoMyGreenWorld.com
Salt is essential to human health and survival, but not all salt is created equal. There are important differences between commercial table salt and sea salt or Himalayan pink salt. These differences include the manner which each type of salt is harvested, whether or not it is processed, how and how much it is processed, and in the nutritional composition of each type of salt.
Common table salt is 97.5% sodium chloride (of which just over 39% is sodium). The rest consists of made-made chemicals, including ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate. Table salt is further refined by being heated to extreme temperatures (above 1200 degrees Fahrenheit) which dramatically alters the chemical structure of the salt, rendering it detrimental, rather than beneficial, to human health. Potassium and sodium iodide are added to iodized salt.
Sea salt, on the other hand, is not processed. It typically comes from seawater that is naturally evaporated by the sun. It usually contains about 84% sodium chloride (of which just under 37% is pure sodium). The remaining 16% consists of naturally occurring trace minerals that are readily absorbed by the body. These trace minerals include silicon, phosphorus and vanadium.
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References and more information:
To Protect Your Heart, Your Sodium to Potassium Ratio Is More Important Than Your Overall Salt Intake (Mercola.com, August 25, 2014)