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Is Sea Salt Really Better for You?

Two spoons are placed next to one another, one filled with table salt, the other with sea salt.
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Too much salt in your diet can be harmful. But if you love salt (hi, hello, that’s me), you might be looking for a way to skirt around this restriction. However, there’s one common myth you might not want to rely on.

Many claim sea salt is better for you than table salt but is that actually true? The American Heart Association took to its website to discuss this rumor. Unfortunately for salt lovers, it is just a rumor.

Sea salt and table salt have the same nutritional value. Both forms have the same amount of sodium (about 40% by weight). While kosher salt and sea salt might have less sodium per teaspoon, that’s not because of their nutritional value, it’s due to size. Fewer crystals fit inside a teaspoon making it seem like less sodium when it’s really not.

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If you enjoy sea salt, a grinder is a great tool.

Others might argue that even if the sodium levels are the same sea salt contains trace minerals that are good for you. We’re sorry to share that’s not so true either. Yes, there are trace minerals found in sea salt, but the amount is so small that you can easily get it from other, healthier sources.

Ultimately, regardless of which salt you use, you should limit your intake to 2,300 mg per day with an ideal intake of 1,500 mg per day according to the American Heart Association.

Note: It’s always best to speak to your doctor about how much sodium you should be consuming and how to control your intake.

If you were looking to lower sodium by eating sea salt, using regular old table salt is just fine, but maybe cut down on how often you’re putting it on your fruit.

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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