I have a confession – I am a sucker for paying an extraordinary amount for Himalayan pink sea salt. I am told it is healthier. So, is it?
The main difference between sea salt and table salt is texture. Table salt however has the benefit of added iodine, which is an essential component for the human body needed for the metabolism of cells (like Vitamin B12, our bodies don’t make iodine so we need to obtain it through diet). Deficiency of this element is actually well spread in Third World countries, where access to iodine-rich food is scarce.
What about my precious sea salt? Sea salt allegedly contains trace elements found in sea salts, which are thought to hold nutritional benefits. These trace elements are said to be the full spectrum of 84 minerals – one of which is iodine – which kind of trumps the argument that we should be eating table salt to obtain our intake of iodine. Despite this, nutritionists vary on the benefits of this salt, the argument being that we don’t consume enough of it to obtain the advantages in any event.
I am a hard core salt fan through and though (bad habit, I know) and while the jury is still somewhat out, I think, for the meantime at least, I will continue to part with my pennies and buy the expensive stuff.