Benefits of High-Quality Sea Salt For Diet and Health
Table salt is a convenient way to salt your food, and sea salt is an alternative to regular table salt that you can find in many stores. But which is right for you? How about sea salt or table salt?
Sea salt is harvested from sea water and consists mainly of magnesium and calcium minerals. Most sea salts and table salt contain about forty percent sodium chloride by weight. Kosher salt is made from sea salt harvested from the sea and contains different mineral content from other types of sea salt. Table salt is generally harvested from rivers or other natural sources, and has very little magnesium and calcium.
Sea salt deposits were formed over millions of years ago by massive amounts of seawater being pulled up from the sea bottom, deposited in gravels, and eventually settling out to form what we now know as salt. These salts generally do not contain any trace minerals. This lack of mineral content does not harm people; it is just the reason that the taste of sea salt is less salty than other salts. It is also why sea salt is also frequently combined with other ingredients, like herbs or baking soda, to make a more complex salt.
As a result, sea salts are frequently refined, which removes trace minerals and lowers the salt content even further. For example, table salt tends to be much higher in potassium and magnesium than sea salts. When salt is refined, the high amounts of minerals are removed, while the lower amounts are left in the salt. If you eat a lot of sea salt, it is practically useless, since trace mineral levels are usually very low in most processed forms of this product.
One thing that you can do to avoid buying sea salts that contain a lot of mineral salts, or sea salt in general, is to buy seafood instead. The commercially produced type tends to have a lot of iron and other trace amounts of magnesium and potassium in it. While sea salts that come from natural sources are still effective, these tend to be much lower in minerals and generally lower in sodium as well. In addition, sea salts do not tend to taste very good, even if you do pay a little bit more money for them. Also, while they do make for a healthy snack, sea salt has a fairly short shelf life, and its salt content per pound of weight is relatively low.
There are two different ways in which salt minerals are extracted from seawater, via evaporation and chemical precipitation. Sea salt extraction through evaporation uses cold air to heat up sea water, causing the water to boil. As the water boils, it naturally pulls minerals from the seawater, until the minerals have been completely removed. Chemical precipitation, meanwhile, uses the chemical reactions between certain chemicals (such as potassium) and certain alkalinity (such as calcium) to extract minerals from seawater.
The best high-quality sea salts will be harvested from seawater that is rich in nutrients, with the concentration of these essential trace minerals being optimal. However, it is important to note that not all types of seawater are suitable for this. As an example, the water around volcanic islands and underwater volcanoes tend to contain very high levels of calcium and magnesium sulfate minerals, which are ideal sources of trace minerals. On the other hand, most tropical and sub-tropical regions tend to lack the trace minerals like potassium and magnesium that are important for healthy human diets.
It is also worth noting that sea salts can actually play a role in reducing blood pressure, as many high-quality sea salts contain sodium. However, sodium is not the only thing that can raise blood pressure. A balanced diet, consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as low fat dairy products and lean meats can also lower hypertension. This is because a diet rich in potassium and other trace minerals can help to cleanse the body of toxins and increase blood flow, helping to normalize blood pressure and keep it at healthy levels.