I See Sea Salt!

Sea salt is the same as table salt

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

(RxWiki News) Americans believe sea salt is a healthier alternative to regular table salt.  Wrong; they are chemically the same.

Sea salt is no better for your health than table salt. People need to pay more attention to sodium (salt) intake.

The survey showed that Americans should limit sodium (salt) consumption to 1,500 mg per day. High-sodium diets have been associated with increased blood pressure and risk for heart disease.

"Sea salt is the same as table salt - limit either to 1,500 mg per day."

The American Heart Association (AHA) surveyed 1,000 Americans. The survey showed that 61 percent of respondents believed that sea salt is a low-sodium alternative to table salt. Kosher salt, sea salt, and table salt are all relatively the same.

AHA found 46 percent of the respondents assumed table salt is the main source of sodium in American diets, when in actuality around 75 percent of sodium comes from processed foods including: canned foods, prepared mixes, and condiments.

The AHA recommends limiting consumption to around 1,500mg of sodium per day. Controlling blood pressure is a fantastic way to keep your heart healthy.

The Study

  • The study focused on 1,000 Americans
  • Survey about the effects of wine and salt on the heart was used as an assessment tool
  • Being more conscious of nutrition and ingredient labels can effectively reduce sodium intake
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Review Date: 
April 27, 2011
Last Updated:
April 29, 2011