Thursday, November 24, 2011

Television advertisements may have you convinced that foods seasoned with sea salt are somehow safer and healthier that those seasoned with regular table salt. Find out why that is not the case as Dr. Edward Hill explains more about the differences between sea salt and salt of the earth in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

An American Heart Association survey of 1,000 adults age 18 and older found that 61 percent of those surveyed mistakenly believe that sea salt is a low-sodium alternative to regular table salt.

Both sea salt and table salt contain about 40 percent sodium. There may be a little difference in taste but there are several differences between sea salt and table salt.

The texture is different; sea salt is more granular while table salt has additives that keep it flowing.

There are also differences in processing. Sea salt is made from evaporating seawater, so trace minerals, including a little iodine, are left behind. Table salt comes from underground salt deposits. It is processed to remove trace minerals, and often iodine is added.

Because sea salt comes from ocean water you might call it more natural, but its not necessarily healthier. So dont be fooled, those sea-salted foods may taste good but they still count just as much in your total sodium intake and may not be good for you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.