Many people tend to spend a little fortune on salt, believing that is real sea salt. Ever since the announcement that sea salt is healthier than table salt, the sea salt market grew tremendously. But, note that fake sea salt has appeared on the market, meaning that you need to be extra cautious when buying sea salt next time.
The Great Sea Salt Scam. Can you really trust the label?
Most people cannot imagine their life without salt and this is not surprising at all, given that it`s been around since the foundation of this world. However, this applies to sea salt, not the processed table salt.
Many stores offer salt which has the label of ‘sea salt’ and there are more and more products being seasoned with ‘sea salt’. Since it has become more accessible than the regular table salt, it seems like we are going in the right, healthier direction.
According to healthwyze report, ‘The F.D.A. mandates that any salt, which does not have iodine added (at the chemical plant) must bear a warning label. It must state, “This salt does not supply iodide, a necessary nutrient”. Consequently, all sea salt distributors must lie on their label. Unadulterated sea salt typically contains more iodide than iodized table salt. Iodide is a combination of salt and iodine and it should be actually called ‘potassium iodine’. Iodine in sea salt is abused by false labeling to favor the manufacturers. Iodine found in table salt is less healthy since it doesn’t contain all the trace minerals which are typically found in natural sea salts.
Let’s take a look at the term “sea salt”. What is sea salt made of?
Sea salt is derived with little processing through evaporation of ocean water and it contains most of the trace minerals found in the water itself. On the other hand, table salt is heavily processed and it comes from underground salt deposits. White sea salt and table salt have similar nutritional value; they contain the same amount of sodium chloride, to be more precise. This means that buying a snack with ‘sea salt’ written on the package, you are falling into the same sea salt scam.
How to avoid the sea salt scam?
To ensure getting real sea salt, opt for non-white colored salt. To get the most of it, opt for brownish or sandy color.
Himalayan salt is one of the best salts in the world since it is the purest form of salt available. It is pink in color and contains 84 minerals and trace minerals.
Celtic Sea Salt is also a good alternative as it is authentic, unprocessed whole salt which contains just under than 100 microminerals. Given that it comes from the clay in salt flats, this form of salt is light grey in color.