So why do we need to table salt? Isn't table salt just salt? Surely salt comes from a natural resource like rock salt or mineral salt. Is it not just some kind of salt? And does this rock salt, this mineral salt have any harmful effects on our health? These are some of the questions I will answer in this article.
The main differences between table salt and sea salt are texture and flavor. Salt is processed through different methods to achieve different results. This is how salt comes to have a salty or sweet taste, whether naturally sweet or not, is dependent on the processing done to it. Below is an example of the process by which salt gets its varied flavors and textures.
Natural or mined table salt is a product that comes straight from nature, without any processing done to it. It consists of natural salts mined from locations around the world. The process of getting the rocks and minerals from the earth is very slow. You may say that it is like taking the stones out of the ground and then putting them in a silica gel and grinding them up until you get the purest silica crystal that you can. This silica gel is what you use to make your salt.
Mined sea salt, on the other hand, is produced by extracting sodium from seas and oceans. It is made by taking away the water from the seawater and then filtering it to remove any solids left behind and then re-dissolving it back into the seawater. During this process, sodium gets heavier and the crystal structure begins to take on a different texture. When this takes place, it is time to get a table salt with a different texture.
So how do you know the difference between a naturally mined salt and the kosher salt that you buy at the store? If you are buying table salt in the store, then you have no way of knowing what is in the bag you are purchasing unless you inspect it closely. The kosher salt on the other hand will tell you how much salt is in each package, what the quality of the salt is, and even what color the salt has.
The texture of the salt will be dictated largely by the way the salt was processed. Natural mined sea salt has a more dense structure and therefore will have a more textured, richer texture. On the other hand, table salt tends to have a more consistent texture because of the nature of its ingredients. Salt crystals tend to get crushed when they are exposed to high temperatures, and as a result, their particles become coarse and granular.
So now that you know what table salt and sea salts have in common, you can see why the question "what is the difference between sea salt and table salt?", is easier to answer than the "how many grams of sodium in each?" question.
In short, it really depends on your taste buds. Most people don't care too much about the kind of taste their table salt or sea salt has, they just want to know whether or not the item has less sodium than its salt counterparts. And the only way to know that is to taste it yourself. Although there are some people who will pay a lot of money for the best salt brands, most of us can't afford them.
Because we don't care too much about the taste of our table salt or sea salt, most of us turn to artificial table salt to satisfy our taste buds. Most artificial sea salt is made from mineral-rich substances, which give it a very salty taste. In fact, most artificial sea salt has only 10% of natural minerals, which makes it highly useless as a healthy food seasoning choice. It actually serves more as a preservative than anything else. You should avoid artificial table salt and sea salt altogether if you value your health.
But there is one type of table salt, which you can't live without Himalayan salt. Himalayan salt is naturally high in potassium, which is important to our body's electrical system. This is why it's often used as an additive in electronic devices and medical implants. If you ever want to experience the best taste of salt, Himalayan salt is the way to go. Plus, it costs a lot less than most artificial table salt, which makes it an even better bargain.
As you can see, not all processed table salt is made equal. There are some salts that are actually harmful to your health, while others are purely beneficial. To make sure that you're getting true, natural salts, try purchasing ones that are high in sodium (sodium chloride) content. And stay away from artificial salts, because they're nothing but a waste of money.