Table Salt vs. Sea Salt: What’s the Difference?

Have you ever wondered what is the difference between table salt and sea salt? I have, and I finally took the time to look into it more. First, for a little background… typically I buy sea salt when purchasing salt to go on my food for flavoring. But I always also have one large “regular” container of non-iodized table salt on hand. This is the salt I use to make a solution for my neti pot and I tend to pull from this large container for any baking needs. So what’s with the big hype over sea salt? Here are a few key points.

Table Salt vs. Sea Salt

table salt vs sea salt

  • The sodium content in both sea salt and table salt is the same.
  • Sea salt is typically minimally processed.
  • Table salt processing is what creates the fine crystals that mix best in recipes.
  • Sea salt may contain trace minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium.
  • Most healthy adults receive adequate minerals from their normal diet, not from salt.
  • Some may prefer sea salt for its unique texture, also resulting from its minimal processing.

Conclusion: The differences between table salt and sea salt are minor. In the end it’s really up to your personal preferences as to which product you use. I don’t buy salt very often due to the massive container it normally comes in. But next time I do, I think I’m going to stick to sea salt. There seems to be no harm in doing so.

P.S. I’ve also had my blood tested and I am not low on iodine. You may want to check with your healthcare provider on your individual circumstances. Iodine has been added to salt in an effort to reduce iodine deficiency, which can be a problem in some parts of the world.

Sources: American Heart Association, The New York Times, Mayo Clinic


  1. says

    We try not to use much salt at all to keep our blood pressure in check- I do not add it even when recipes call for it, and honestly we do not really notice any difference. We do keep a container of sea salt on hand, but rarely use it either.

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