No Benefits, Same Health Risks, Higher Price Tag
The belief in sea salt salubriousness hinges on the premise that it contains “natural” nutrients and more minerals than table salt.While this may be technically true, the amounts are so minuscule as to be meaningless in the body — or the minerals are so arcane as to have no known health benefit.For example, one analysis of a popular sea salt found that a quarter teaspoon provided 0.128% of calcium, 0.012% of iron, and.0.227% potassium. It also supplies infinitesimal amounts of strontium, rubidium and erbium — for whatever that’s worth.Far more relevant is the fact that unlike table salt, sea salt is not fortified with iodine which supports thyroid health.Iodine deficiency during pregnancy is the most common cause of retardation globally.
Any health advantages to sea salt are fantasy — but the health risks of too much sodium are all too real.Both gourmet and table salts contain the same amount of sodium — the danger is that imagined health benefits of sea salt would encourage people to use the stuff even more liberally.Most people already consume well in excess of up to 3 times the amount of the 1,500 milligrams of sodium the body needs on a daily basis, so upping that intake amounts to an expensive way to increase your risk of hypertension, stroke and heart disease.Indeed, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association) states that reducing salt intake by a mere 15% could translate into 9 million fewer deaths caused by the complications brought on by high blood pressure.So save your money — and your health — by forgoing fancy gourmet salts in favor of herbs, spices and other low-sodium flavorings.
Bonus: Did you know that a high-sodium diet could weaken bones? One study found a 17% higher calcium loss among those with the highest salt intakes.