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Difference Between Table Salt And Sea Salt

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Table salt is sourced from mines or the sea and is arrived at after removing impurities by an industrial process. Sea salt on the other hand is obtained by evaporating sea water. It has a higher mineral content than table salt and is therefore considered to be a healthier alternative.
Table salt is the more widely used variety. It goes through a refining process that does away with all naturally occurring minerals. Instead it is sometimes fortified by the addition of iodine for health reasons. That apart there may be other chemicals additives like sodium silicoaluminate, calcium phosphate, or magnesium carbonate which help prevent clumping.

Sea salt is growing in popularity as a health alternative to table salt, though it is more expensive than the former. The presence of naturally occurring trace minerals such as iodine, magnesium, and potassium, give it a fresher and lighter flavor than table salt. There are in fact expensive and upper end varieties such as Esprit du Sel or Fleus de Sel from France which are renowned for their tremendous flavor and are very much in demand.

Sea salt and table salt have pretty much the same chemical composition, Sodium Chloride. However the real difference lies in their taste and texture with sea salt scoring on this one. The votaries of sea salt claim that because table salt is bleached of all minerals it is actually harmful for the human body as it leads to water retention. Because sea salt is mineral rich it helps better regulate blood pressure. It has the added benefit of stabilizing the heart beat, balancing blood sugar, better absorption of food particles leading to enhanced digestion and clearing mucus from the lungs.
An indicator of a salt being sea salt is that it will not be pure white in color unlike table salt. It will usually have specks of pink in it, accounting for the presence of minerals in it. Another difference between the two versions of salt is that unlike table salt, sea salt should be added to food after cooking. This is to retain the minerals in the salt which usually get destroyed in the cooking process.

Some people go to the extent of saying that notwithstanding its pristine white color table salt is a dead salt as it is bereft of all of its minerals, which were removed while preparing it. Sea salt on the other hand is a living salt teaming with the flavors of its minerals.

Summary:
1. Table salt is sourced from mines or the sea and is arrived at after removing impurities by an industrial process. Sea salt on the other hand is obtained by evaporating sea water.
2. Sea salt has a higher mineral content than table salt and is therefore considered to be a healthier alternative.
3. Table salt is the more widely used variety.
4. Sea salt has natural minerals in it while table salt may be fortified with iodine and other chemicals additives like sodium silicoaluminate, calcium phosphate, or magnesium carbonate which help prevent clumping.
5. Sea salt is growing in popularity as a health alternative to sea salt, though it is more expensive than the former.
6. Sea salt is supposed to taste better than table salt.
7. Table salt is regarded as dead salt while sea salt is regarded as a living one.


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2 Comments

  1. Please make a correction in your point no.5 in Summary.

    Yours writing is:

    5. Sea salt is growing in popularity as a health alternative to sea salt, though it is more expensive than the former.

    Correction is:
    5. Table Salt is growing in popularity as a health alternative to sea salt, though it is more expensive than the former.

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