Here at Freshly, we use sea salt in our meals because we love its strong flavor and coarse texture. We believe that healthy food doesn’t have to be bland, and sea salt is one ingredient that lets us bring taste to your plate.
Of course, the word “salt” brings with it a lot of debate, so below we break down the benefits of sea salt—and why we’re big fans.
Why we love sea salt
In addition to its crunchy texture and strong flavor, we’re fans of sea salt because it’s a more natural choice. Sea salt comes directly from the evaporation of seawater and is usually not processed—which means it retains trace amounts of minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).
Table salt, on the other hand, is mined from salt deposits and then processed into a finer texture, which strips it of any minerals (on top of that, additives are sometimes used to de-clump it).
Is sea salt healthier than other types of salt?
Nope—in terms of its effect on blood pressure and heart health, sea salt isn’t any healthier than other types of salt. The sodium content of sea salt and table salt is the same (about 40 percent sodium by weight), according to the AHA.
That said, sea salt crystals tend to be larger than table salt, so they may have less sodium by volume (aka, by teaspoon or tablespoon) simply because fewer crystals fit on the spoon. So, if you measure your salt (versus salting to taste), you may ingest a little less.
In terms of nutrients, the amount of minerals found in sea salt is miniscule compared to how much you’d get by eating foods like veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, and whole grains.
How much salt is ok to eat?
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day (that’s about 1 teaspoon of salt). Keep in mind that most of the sodium Americans consume comes from packaged goods and restaurant food so if you cut back on both, you’ll likely be in good shape.
Here at Freshly, we aim to average about 700 mg of sodium per meal (which is less than ⅓ of the FDA’s recommendation). Bon appetit!
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