Salt. We know our bodies need it and it’s hard to find a recipe that doesn’t call for it. Nowadays, you might be confused about the different types of salt you see floating around. There’s traditional table salt like grandma always had on hand, and then there’s sea salt, which more and more recipes are calling for now. So what’s the difference between table salt and sea salt? This post explores the composition of each salt and relays why one is actually much better than the other. Read on!
“Ah, the nostalgia of salt. It was a staple of mom’s pantry – that round canister with the pop-up spout and a girl in yellow holding an umbrella on the label. When it was out, it meant mom was cooking a homemade meal or baking scrumptious goodies in the oven. Mmmm, those were the days.
The popular tag line “When it Rains, it Pours” still exists today to describe convenient “anti-clumping” properties of processed salt. Although it says “salt” on the label, a quick peak at the ingredients list on the back will show: salt, calcium silicate, dextrose, and/or potassium iodide.Saaay what? is right. Some people, in attempts to reduce their sodium intake purchase “lite” salt or reduced sodium products thinking they’re making a health-promoting choice. “Lite” salt ingredients typically include: salt, potassium chloride, calcium silicate, magnesium carbonate, dextrose, and potassium iodide. Ok, now that’s just scary.
How did salt become so un-salt like? And which salts should you consume for health? Lucky for you, you’re about to find the answer.
Table Salt vs Unrefined Sea Salt
For thousands of years, salt was one of the most sought-out commodities of human-kind. Early civilizations were based around salt-bearing grounds, and as populations grew, salt became one of the first commodities of trade. In fact, as early as the 6th century, salt was traded ounce for ounce of gold. Salt has a rich history in medicine, cuisine, and religion, and phrases such as “the salt of the earth” and “worth your salt” all refer to the historical value of salt in our society.