While walking down the grocery store aisle, you spot over ten types of sea salt, ranging from a pretty Himalayan pink to a Hawaiian black lava, all claiming to be healthier than the standard package of salt. The only problem? These exotic, eye-catching salts are offered at a much higher price point than our go-to Morton’s. So are these all-natural sea salts worth it or is it just a fad?
Well, it’s complicated. Before delving deep into the pros and cons of these sea salts, it’s important to know that they are just salt. And salt, as we well know, is only good for us in moderation. Adults today generally consume fifty percent more than the recommended amount, which is 2,3000 milligrams. Too much salt can cause hypertension, dehydration and water retention. And when it’s not eaten enough, the lack of salt can affect joints, muscle cramping and hydration. So although these colorful sea salts look different, they can still cause some problems if over-eaten or under-eaten.
For many, sea salt is seen as a lower sodium option. Although they can offer minerals that act as regulators to help important bodily functions and give tiny amounts of macro-minerals, they do not offer any less sodium. Sea salt also doesn't contain any iodine, a mineral that is essential for regular thyroid function and is present in standard table salt. Sea salts are not fortified with the mineral, so they lack this important component. However, sea salts lack additives, which are significantly present in table salt, and they naturally assimilate into the body.
So for those searching for a table salt alternative, don’t be distracted by all of the pretty colors and make sure to do your research. And always remember, it’s just salt.