No! Salt is salt-they both have the same percentage of sodium, and sea salt’s “extra nutrients” are so minute that there is no nutritious advantage-in fact-there is something that you need to know that may sway you towards table salt!
So how do the retailers get away with saying sea salt is so much better for you?
Well, in a nutshell, sea salt is gathered from evaporated sea water while ‘regular’ salt is mined from salt deposits in the ground and processed to be the fine, non-clumping salt you are used to seeing most places.
The word ‘processed’ has become a dirty word in our culture, but often processing is what we rely on to make our world better than it was 100 or 200 years ago. (Although I know that many of our so-called advances have really messed us up- but that’s a topic for another day)
Is Iodine Really Necessary?
Yes! I grew up in the Midwest and joined the ‘health-food’ revolution early in my food choice career. In the early seventies it was promoted in the few health-food publications available like Prevention and Mother Earth Magazines that iodine in table salt was bad for you. Believing everything I read in those days, I made sure that I didn’t consume any iodine. Combine that with living in the Midwest and eating very little (none) fresh fish, evidently my thyroid was suffering enough that a doctor convinced me to have half of it removed-and blamed the lack of iodine in my diet.
No, it wasn’t one of “those” kind of doctors that just needed something to do, it was one of the top specialists in the US that discovered it. So it was early in my life I discovered that not all processed foods and additives are bad-unless you are able to eat a perfectly balanced, nutritious diet that is!
Bottom Line? Know Your Sources of Information-and PRAY!
We really do need to be educated on what we put into our bodies, but nowadays there is so much information thrown at us it’s hard to know what to believe. How to know? Good question! I don’t have an answer other than using common sense and prayer. How many time have we prayed “bless this food to our bodies”?
Well, sometimes I think that is our only hope-to ask God to bless the food we eat as nutritious to our bodies. Making good food choices could be a full time job and you still don’t know for sure what’s in what you eat. Be sensible, of course, but trust God first!