By joni55 Latest Reply 2011-10-16 02:23:03 -0500
Started 2010-04-14 17:19:59 -0500

What is the difference between sea salt and table salt? I know it measures differently than table salt, but is the nutritional value different? Also, does it taste any different?

57 replies

margokittycat 2011-10-16 02:23:03 -0500 Report

Sea Salt is better for you, and it takes a lot less sea salt than it does regular salt. I started using sea salt two years ago. My husband who has high blood pressure can use it with ease, table salt not so much.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-15 21:33:29 -0500 Report

Here aresome interesting numbers comparing true sea salt and table salt.

Table Salt , 95% pure, is 57.629% Chloride and 37.370% Sodium
Sea Salt contains 55.03% Chloride and 30.39% Sodium

Table Salt, 95% pure, is 95% NaCl and 5% other minerals
Sea Salt is 85.62% NaCl and 14.38% other minerals.

Most of the sea salt in supermarkets is nothing more than coarse table extracted from sea water. Almost all of the other minerals have been refined out. Read the nutrition label to find out what the sodium content is.

Going to specialty stores or supermarkets like Whole Foods could provide you with a gamut of different tasting gourmet sea salts (these are also referred to as finishing salts). These salts taste different because of the mineral content in the part of the world they are from, how they are gathered and the weather of the area.. There are sea salts especially for seafood, pork, beef, various vegetables, etc. You can find some very expensive gourmet sea salts. The sodium content per gram is lower than table salt because there are other minerals in it. It is these other minerals that give each of the salts its particular taste.

One thing to remember is that you will have to use more sea salt to achieve the same salty taste you have with table salt and therefore defeat the purpose of sea salt.

I went to a no salt added food regimen 47 years ago and I love it. You will find out what the food actually tastes like. A new and interesting experience.

Darkeyes 2011-10-15 07:54:04 -0500 Report

My nutrionist told me that iodized table salt will help prevent gout which is now becoming more prevalent since people are reverting to sea salt in their diet. I suppose you can take an iodine supplement but having the daily recommended allowance for iodized salt would do the trick.

berrykins0 2011-10-15 07:35:23 -0500 Report

sea salt tastes better then table salt it supposed to be a little better for you . i have looked up before on the internet. sea salt is not refined salt.

kaiya2465 2011-10-15 07:26:29 -0500 Report

Salt, table salt, & sea salt, that is what I am confused on. Was told sea salt was better, but I don't like to use any. Is it the same answer?

MarkS 2011-06-01 07:05:27 -0500 Report

No nutritional value in salt!

kdroberts 2011-06-01 14:22:17 -0500 Report

As said, salt is essential. Without it, you would die. It's one of the 4 electrolytes that the body uses. Everything within your body is run by electrical impulses, without the electrolytes those impulses don't go anywhere. It would essentially be like you ran out of batteries. Now the amount you need is very small but it certainly has a very high nutritional value.

MarkS 2011-06-01 15:20:23 -0500 Report

Point well taken, kdroberts. While I know that salt is an essential electrolyte (I'm a biochemist) I have a hard time thinking it of a nutrient. I've always considered salt a mineral necessary for life, while I consider a nutrient to be carbohydrate, fat, and protein necessary for growth and metabolism.

kdroberts 2011-06-01 15:31:29 -0500 Report

Interesting. I consider nutrients as carb, protein, fat, minerals, amino acids, vitamins, etc. I guess it all depends on how you look at things.

jayabee52 2011-06-01 07:20:51 -0500 Report

Salt is an essential nutrient as too little salt can cause problems for our bodies as can too much salt. So I don't know how it can be said "no nutritional value" in salt.

joni55 2011-06-01 13:51:05 -0500 Report

Low blood pressure is one result of too little salt.

kdroberts 2011-06-01 14:21:02 -0500 Report

Low blood pressure isn't caused by too little salt. While salt can raise blood pressure, and it's often given as a treatment to people with low blood pressure, the reverse is not true. If you are eating a lot and drop your intake then your blood pressure will drop but that's because it was artificially raised to begin with.

Raybie 2011-05-30 13:10:37 -0500 Report

My dietitian says that Salt is salt wherever it comes from.
I tend to believe him since before I talked to him I had very high BP an heart failure.
I've realized that there is enough sodium in most of the foods we buy so why add more.

dietcherry 2011-05-30 00:46:32 -0500 Report

I use both when I do use salt; Im more of a pepper person. They both taste the same to me.

Copperchef 2011-05-30 07:30:47 -0500 Report

I use sea salt as a finishing salt for dishes and also put it on the table in a pinch bowl (as in add a pinch). I find that I use less salt plus it adds a nice crunch. Pluse, I never buy the fine granualated sea salt, always get the large grain. Also, I use smoked sea salt on certain sea foods, like seared scallops and pan seared halibut filets. It is a sutle but definite flavor enhancement.

dietcherry 2011-05-30 11:04:21 -0500 Report

OK youre just making me hungry now! lol Never heard of smoked sea salt but sounds yummy!

Copperchef 2011-05-30 11:17:58 -0500 Report

You can make your own if you want or buy it at a specialty spice shop or on line. I make my own by placing sea salt in a aluminum foil pouch 1/2 cup and place it in your barbque grill with some of your favorite wood chips and let it smoke for as long as the chips last. I usually leave my salt on an open foil pouch away from any direct heat. Taste as you go till you get the taste you want.

Copperchef 2011-05-29 21:15:50 -0500 Report

Sea salt and table salt have the same basic nutritional value — both mostly consist of two minerals — sodium and chloride. However, sea salt is often marketed as a more natural and healthy alternative. The real differences between sea salt and table salt are in their taste, texture and processing, not their chemical makeup.

Sea salt is produced through evaporation of seawater, usually with little processing, which leaves behind some trace minerals and elements depending on its water source. These insignificant amounts of minerals add flavor and color to sea salt, which also comes in a variety of coarseness levels.

Table salt is mined from underground salt deposits. Table salt is more heavily processed to eliminate trace minerals and usually contains an additive to prevent clumping. Most table salt also has added iodine, an essential nutrient that appears naturally in minute amounts in sea salt. Iodine became a big health concern back in the 1920's due to an increase in thyoid disease.

Table salt is the preferred salt for bakers, as it dissolves quickly and evenly. Table salt is also added to sweets to enchance the sweetness of an item, but be careful, as alittle salt goes a long way.

joni55 2011-05-29 22:00:14 -0500 Report

People say that you use less of the sea salt as it has a stronger flavor. I have used it and like it.

Brenda_B 2010-11-02 15:43:16 -0500 Report

Salt this is a subject I know… and love.. unfortunately. I have never craved sweets (do miss my bread) BUT I LOVE/crave salty things. Natural sea salt taste better… less bitter… but most people LOL… can't tell the difference.
Because sea salt has more flavor you can use less. You don't need to worry about not getting enough iodine because anything commercially made.. (except some soup and a few other things that advertise on their lable) use regular salt… sea salt is more expensive. I eat a lot of nuts…and I like salted one… I now buy those with natural sea salt… small change for me. I love a salt-mill like a pepper grinder. Makes big lumpy salt finer … and I think it is fun. I use less than when I just pick up the salt shaker. Bottom line for most people it is not much different in the sodium but I THINK natural sea salt and Kosher salt is better because less chemicals added is always a good thing… and I can taste the difference.

jetten2 2010-11-02 00:13:08 -0500 Report

Table salt is bleached, heated, can be kiln dried, and altered with chemicals or pollutants, Sea salt ia all natural with various trace minerals beneficial to the body. Some of the best are RealSalt from Redmond Utal, Mediteraneon Sea Salt, Celtic Sea Salt, among others.

jayabee52 2011-05-30 03:02:38 -0500 Report

If the sea is polluted, won't the salt made from evaporating the seawater be polluted as well?

Tigereyze209 2011-05-30 12:00:23 -0500 Report

The evaporation process tends to remove the impurities and incidentaly sterilize the final result.

jayabee52 2011-05-30 19:16:28 -0500 Report

sounds questionable to me.
Do you mean heavy metals dissolved in the sea water are removed just by the process of evaporation? How does evaporation know which impurities are good for us and which are not?

Tigereyze209 2011-05-30 23:13:10 -0500 Report

they do a bit more to it than just let it evaporate.. it is a whole process to extract the salt from all the other solids.. I wish I could remember which show it was on for sure, (Maybe "How do they do it?) but they had a whole segment on desalinization of sea water, the filtering, and so on.

jayabee52 2011-06-01 06:16:11 -0500 Report

desalinization = the removal of the salt from water to make it useful for either drinking or irrigation. That's not the same as evaporization of brackish water to leave the salt behind.

Tigereyze209 2011-06-01 08:55:34 -0500 Report

I almost did not rely to this, as I was sure the that the point was clear in context: But okay, here goes.. the extracted salt is further refined and processed to make it safe for human consumption. Separating the salt from the seawater… You know, I give up.
You don't like sea salt, then just don't eat it.

Zimoss 2010-04-17 02:18:26 -0500 Report

sea salt is just a more concentrated and flavorful version of table salt.
I have heard that you need to use much less salt to get the same taste you would from regular table salt. (I don't eat much salt - so I am not really sure)— the benefit being that you are consuming less sodium (at least in theory)

joni55 2010-04-17 10:08:51 -0500 Report

That would not be a problem for me either. I don't like things heavily salted, in fact, I don't even salt the water when I cook pasta. My pasta does not stick either. I am not sure I see much benefit in using sea salt. I do know it measures differently from table salt though. I watch the Food Network.

Miminv 2010-04-16 02:44:16 -0500 Report

I use both sea salt and kosher salt but not at the same time. Sea salt is much finer and more concentrated then table salt so you will not need to use as much. I use sea salt instead of table salt to bring up the flavor of dishes and it does make a difference. Kosher salt is chunky and hold up well in a dish that is cooking for a while. It takes longer for kosher salt to desolve so you have to pick and choose which dishes to use it in or you could be chewing on kosher salt. I am not sure why the price of sea salt is in question due to the fact that I have had the same sea salt for the last three years and yes it is still good.
I also have high blood presure and swell with too much salt but do not have this problem with either of these salts. In fact I watch my salt so much that I can taste it in other peoples foods which is one of the reasons I don't eat fast foods but once in a blue moon.

joni55 2010-04-16 09:21:33 -0500 Report

That is good - chewing on kosher salt! I have done that with garlic. I didn't mince it enough and I wound up chewing on chunks of garlic.

Is kosher salt iodized?

GabbyPA 2010-04-16 09:27:36 -0500 Report

Nope, the only iodized salt I am aware of is table salt. If it is, it will say so on the container. I rather imagine that adding the iodine will cease to make it kosher.

joni55 2010-04-16 09:56:43 -0500 Report

But, iodine is important to have. So, how would one get that if they don't use table salt? It can prevent thyroid problems.

GabbyPA 2010-04-15 11:18:26 -0500 Report

I asked that same question to my diabetic educator and she said there is really not enough difference sodium wise to say that sea salt is healthier, unlike the commercials seem to imply. There are many flavors of sea salts and they add depth to your cooking, but they get expensive. The Iodized table salt we all know was developed to prevent goiter (an enlargment of the thyroid gland). So this was an easy way to get it into our diets. Now that we are going to low sodium diets, getting iodine into our system is harder, but very needed.

I use kosher salt for most of my cooking. It is less expensive than sea salt, has the big chunkiness of the crystals and I like how it tastes.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-30 01:05:28 -0500 Report

I use table salt at the table and I also use sea salt in cooking. I get both with iodine, so I'm not shorted on my intake of iodine. Of course I don't use a lot of salt any more. I do think that I don't have to use as much of the sea salt to get the same level of taste that I do with table salt. I get the crystal form of iodized sea salt also since it is chunkier.

kdroberts 2010-04-14 20:23:38 -0500 Report

A few little things. Sea salt has more minerals in it and slightly less sodium but doesn't usually contain iodine. Table salt has slightly more sodium, has no other minerals in it but does contain iodine which is essential for your body. In food where it's dissolved in you can't really tell any difference in flavor but when you have salt crystals the taste of sea salt can be very different to table salt. Bottom line is table salt is fine as long as you don't over do it. Sea salt is good if you can get it cheap or if you are going to be using it without dissolving.

joni55 2010-04-15 00:06:37 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice. It was helpful. I don't use a lot of salt or eat potato chips much, so I guess I am okay. I would like to try it though.

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