The Truth about Sea Salt

Pass The Sea Salt?

Table salt vs. sea salt…is there really a difference?

This is a question that is often raised and more often than not the “informed” conclusion is that there is no difference.

In fact, many “experts” have concluded that sea salt is actually more harmful to your health than table salt!

One of the explanations is that since sea salt is touted as being “healthy” for you, people tend to eat more of it. The “experts” further claim that the so-called sea salt fraud is further compounded by the fact that sea salt is more expensive. And doesn’t “health food” always carry a greater price tag? So what should you believe?

As you ponder the question of whether to use table salt or sea salt, let’s look at some vital information that these “experts” failed to report.

Table salt comes from the ocean but is stripped of all nutrition. It has become nothing more than processed sodium chloride fortified with synthetic iodine as well as food additives known as anti-caking agents. These anti-caking agents keep the salt from clumping so that it pours out of the saltshaker with greater ease. What are these anti-caking agents? Check it out:

  • E341 Tricalcium Phosphate
  • E500 Sodium bicarbonate
  • E535 Sodium ferrocyanide
  • E536 Potassium ferrocyanide
  • E538 Calcium ferrocyanide
  • E542 Bone phosphate
  • E550 Sodium silicate
  • E551 Silicon dioxide
  • E552 Calcium silicate
  • E553a Magnesium trisilicate
  • E553b Talcum powder
  • E554 Sodium aluminosilicate
  • E555 Potassium aluminium silicate
  • E556 Calcium aluminosilicate
  • E558 Bentonite
  • E559 Aluminium silicate
  • E570 Stearic acid
  • E900 Polydimethylsiloxane


The most commonly used anti-caking agent is E554 sodium aluminosilicate which comes with possible side effects such as constipation, along with many precautions if you have liver or kidney disease. (For more, please refer to my Food Additives Article.) E554 sodium aluminosilicate also has many uses besides table salt, including being added to road salt!

Take another look at the food additives listed above. See anything strange? Here’s a hint:

  • E535 Sodium ferrocyanide
  • E536 Potassium ferrocyanide
  • E538 Calcium ferrocyanide

Yep!! That’s cyanide! So cyanide in table salt is okay?

So to recap, table salt, which once came from the ocean, has been stripped of all nutrition, and now contains processed sodium chloride fortified with synthetic iodine, anti-caking food additives, and cyanide. Sea salt, on the other hand, also comes from the ocean but remains whole and intact with over 50 trace minerals, including naturally occurring iodine.

The Key is Trace Minerals

The key here is trace minerals which are found not only in our oceans and soil but also in small amounts in our bodies! They are important for metabolic functions in the body. For example, if trace minerals are deficient, then other substances and enzymes will not work properly. This could impede major systems such as our nervous and musculoskeletal systems.

Did you know that deficiencies in trace minerals such as chromium and vanadium may play a major role in the development of diabetes?

Other roles that trace minerals play in health:

  • Iodine needed for thyroid function
  • Iron needed for blood cell hemoglobin production
  • Zinc for normal immune function
  • Chromium needed for blood glucose and cholesterol metabolism
  • Manganese for enzyme activation in cell metabolism
  • Boron vital to prevent osteoporosis
  • Sea salt to improve adrenal function and combat fatigue

Unfortunately, there are sea salt brands on the market that are, indeed, no healthier for you than regular salt. In fact, it is surprising that they can call themselves sea salt!

So how do you know if you have the real deal—meaning that it hasn’t gone through the same extensive processing as table salt? Check out the color. It should not be white. Instead, it should have more of a pinkish-grey shade. Be sure to look for the phrase, “50+ Trace Minerals”. (There are even some brands that say 60+ trace minerals!) So next time you want to add a little salt to your meal say, “Pass the REAL Sea Salt please!”

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is a board-certified Chiropractic Physician and Life Coach who also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, and a minor in Medical Research. She is a life-long athlete who after curing herself 100% naturally from MS and anxiety, became an avid nutrition health researcher/promoter.

She has been featured in many Health magazines and has been a guest on radio talk shows in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. She is the author of Health Freedom Revolution: Exposing the Lies, Deceit and Greed of the Medical Profession, Founder of Online Holistic Health, and a contributing writer for other popular informative health website/blogs.

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