Is Sea Salt Better For You Than Table Salt?

Sea Salt on the Table Salt

Today, one of my patients told me that he is already doing good things for his heart failure and blood pressure
by switching to sea salt. “Sea salt is healthier than just regular salt,” he said.  While I was happy to hear that he was trying to make good food choices for his health, I was disappointed to tell him that sea salt is not a healthier alternative to table salt.

Sea salt and table salt have the same basic nutritional value.  The differences between sea salt and table salt are in their taste, texture and processing, not their chemical makeup.  Sea salt and table salt contain the same amount of sodium chloride.  Regardless of which type of salt you prefer you should only use salt sparingly since processed foods are already high in sodium

People should have less than 2,300 milligrams a day

The sodium should be limited to 1,500 milligrams if you’re age 51 or older, or if you are African-American, or have high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.

Consider that just one teaspoon of table salt and sea salt has 2325 milligrams (mg) of sodium.


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2 Comments on “Is Sea Salt Better For You Than Table Salt?”

  1. Kevin Says:

    This is a great topic. I have wondered my self what the hubbub has been lately about how great seasalt. My question though, is how can all these companies get away with such false advertising by stating that it is better?


    • Bettina NP Says:

      Sea salt has other minerals that are also good for you that table salt do not have such as magnesium. So, technically the sea salt is “better” for you. However, sea salt does not have iodine added and unless you eat a diet that isn’t low in iodine you should probably not dedicate your sodium choice to just sea salt. I personally like the taste of sea salt over table salt but I use what’s available.



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