Mineral Matters: The Various Types of Salt

| 9/30/2015 8:26:00 AM

What’s the first thing you put on your burgers, eggs, or popcorn? Salt, of course. But did you know that there’s more to it than your standard grocery store salt? Here’s what you need to know before your next meal rolls around.

spoonfuls of salt varieties
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Iodized Table Salt

Everyone is familiar with this. It’s standard salt that’s found at almost every dinner table. The salt is fortified with iodine, which is an essential mineral for fighting off diseases like hypothyroidism and it prevents cretinism in developing fetuses/babies.

Since most people don’t eat kelp and other forms of seaweed on a daily basis, you need a source for iodine, so this tends to be the most common. If you need to limit your salt intake, however, seaweed is the way to go.

Sea Salt

Sea salt is salt that’s made using evaporated seawater. As you might expect, it’s got a very fresh, ocean-y feel and taste to it.

It’s harvested from a number of places in the world, with the Celtic Sea in Brittany France being one of the more popular places. Another type of sea salt is fleur de sel, which is harvested near the same region as Celtic sea salt.