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The Salt Of The Earth

What’s the difference between sea salt & table salt? Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. out at the Mayo Clinic says the most notable differences are in the taste, texture & processing. Sea salt is produced through evaporation of ocean water or water from saltwater lakes, usually with little processing. Depending on the water source, this leaves behind certain trace minerals & elements. The minerals add flavor & color to sea salt, which also comes in a variety of coarseness levels. Table salt is typically mined from underground salt deposits. Table salt is more heavily processed to eliminate minerals & usually contains an additive to prevent clumping. I believe they do the same thing when they make cat litter! Most table salt also has added iodine, an essential nutrient that helps maintain a healthy thyroid. Sea salt & table salt have the same basic nutritional value, despite the fact that sea salt is often promoted as being healthier. Sea salt & table salt contain comparable amounts by weight. Whichever type of salt you enjoy, Zeratsky says that you do so in moderation. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium to less than 2300 milligrams a day-or 1500 milligrams if you’re age 51 or older, or if you are black, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease. I would think that the recommendations for Canadians are slightly different because some of those Canadians are pretty salty characters already! How much salt do you use? I’d like to hear from you on my Puffman Blog. Me? I’m an “Old Salt” myself!!

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