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Health benefits of sea salt 'flawed'

17th November 2011

Consumer groups say gourmet salt brands are no better than ordinary table salt.

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Research for Which? and Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) found no difference in chemical content between regular salt and rock and sea salt, despite claims it is natural and healthier.

However, it is widely accepted that most adults in the UK eat above the recommended guideline of about a teaspoon of salt a day.

A diet high in salt is linked with high blood pressure, a risk factor for stroke, heart failure and heart disease.

The new research analysed the chemical content of several gourmet brands of sea and rock salt and compared this with ordinary table salt and all contain almost 100% sodium chloride.

In addition, all are equally damaging to health in large quantities and the report has warned celebrity chefs not to encourage people to sprinkle sea salt on food saying the practice was "disgraceful".

Professor Graham MacGregor of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, and chairman of CASH, said: “Food without salt tastes much better. There’s quite enough already present in fruit, vegetables, meat and fish.”

An online survey of 1,358 members of Which? found a third of people thought rock and sea salts were healthier options.

Which? chief policy adviser Sue Davies said: “Many of us are trying to reduce the amount of salt in our diet, but our research shows that people are needlessly spending more money on 'premium' salt as they often believe it's healthier than traditional table salt.”

However, salt suppliers have disputed the research.


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Wednesday 23rd November 2011 @ 14:49

The reason table salt is considered less healthy is because it usually has additives mixed in. Most table salt is iodized in order to provide the trace element iodine to the diet. This helps to prevent goiter, a disease of the thyroid gland. To supply iodine, a small amount of potassium iodide is added. Table salt also contains a small amount of various chemicals used to keep the salt from absorbing water and caking. These chemicals include magnesium carbonate, calcium silicate, calcium phosphate, magnesium silicate, and calcium carbonate. Read more from this interesting article here: http://www.madehow.com/Volume-2/Salt.html

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