Sea salt: A healthier salt?

As a dietetic intern, I often find myself noticing people’s mealtime habits.  One of these is the use of sea salt. People are loading on the sea salt because they believe it’s the better-for-you version of table salt – lower in sodium and higher in healthful minerals.

What’s the truth? Is sea salt better for you? Let’s check it out.

Salt, Sodium – What’s the difference?

Table salt is sodium chloride. Salt is added to many processed and fast foods causing most Americans to consume too much salt and therefore too much sodium. And too much sodium can contribute to high blood pressure and increase risk of stomach cancer.

What’s the difference between Sea Salt and Table Salt?

One serving size of sea salt is larger in volume than one serving size of table salt because sea salt is coarser than table salt and its crystals are much larger. Here’s how they compare gram for gram:

sea salt = 320 mg of sodium

table salt = 388 mg sodium

The difference is not significant.  The problem here is that we are consuming too much sodium,* not what type of salt we’re eating.

Is there any reason to choose sea salt?

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Sweat the Small Stuff: Small Changes Make a Difference

ManJumpRopeBeachThis time of year can get crazy, and many of us get through it by telling ourselves that we’ll start taking better care of our health — AFTER the holidays are over.

“I’ll run a marathon!”  “I’ll head to the gym every morning!”  “I’ll bike to work!”

All laudable goals, to be sure.  But one speaker at our Research Conference argued that such sudden, sweeping changes are tough to make permanent, and only set us up for failure.

We wrote about him, and his preferred approach to getting more activity, lowering weight — and lowering cancer risk — in this month’s AICR eNews.

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