Is Sea Salt Really Healthy?
I’ve received quite a few emails over the last few days regarding my recent article on salt.
The main concern seems to be:
What about sea salt? Doesn’t it contain less sodium and more trace minerals, making it a healthier alternative to regular table salt?
Let’s have a look:
Sea Salt Contains Less Sodium Chloride
This may be true for some sea salt brands, but not for the majority of them.
Most sea salts actually do not contain any less sodium chloride than regular table salt, which contains around 99% NaCl!
Himalayan salt, while not evaporated from seawater, is another heavily-marketed “healthy” salt. And yet even Himalayan salt contains about 98% (perhaps as low as 95%) sodium chloride.
Celtic sea salt contains the lowest amount at around 84% sodium chloride.
The bottom line? All extracted sodium chloride, including sea salt, is comprised of mostly sodium chloride.
Sea Salt is Full of Trace Minerals
It’s true that sea salt does contain trace minerals while table salt does not. But what’s most important here is quantity.
As I said above, sea salt contains about 98-99% sodium chloride. That leaves a measly 1-2% for trace minerals like magnesium, calcium, and sulfur.
Even if you were to add a whole heaping teaspoon of salt to a meal (please don’t ever do this!), you would still only receive negligible amounts of minerals.
You would literally have to consume a massive amount of the stuff to receive any meaningful amount of these minerals, which means consuming massive amounts of sodium chloride right along with it.
Wouldn’t it be much safer, healthier, and more efficient to get your minerals from whole foods?
Fruits and Veggies Win Again!
You do not need to consume table salt, sea salt, or any other form of extracted sodium chloride to be healthy. In fact, it’s best to avoid salt completely.
You can get all the minerals you need, in the forms, quantities, and combinations that you need them, simply by consuming a healthy diet of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Go raw and be fit,
P.S. While the best raw food diet is predominated by fruit, you must also consume tender greens like romaine, spinach, and celery if you want to thrive on raw foods. Ideally, this means consuming 2-6% of your calories from greens.
I know that doesn’t sound like much, but let me put it into perspective for you. If you eat 2000 calories per day, 40 of those calories should come from greens to meet the 2% minimum.
40 calories of red leaf lettuce is about 9 ounces, or just under an entire head!
Personally, I eat much more than this (typically between 12-16 oz. per salad, not including other ingredients like tomatoes, cucumber, etc.) just about every night for dinner in a big salad. Or I just eat the greens plain with some fruit, taking a bite of fruit, then a bite of greens, then fruit, then greens, and so on.
And I eat it all without any salt, spices, or other unhealthy condiments.
I know, I know, I know! That’s far too much food and far too bland without salt and spices!
Don’t worry, fellow raw foodist Roger Haeske’s got the solution…
These “stews” are full of greens and deliciousness, yet completely salt-free and low-fat! They’re absolutely perfect if you’re new to raw and can’t yet stomach the thought (or sight!) of a super big salt-free salad.
And if you can, then just do what I do and make a double batch!