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NewsBites February 2013 Issue

Sea Salt Ineffective for Sodium Reduction

Donít count on sea salt to reduce your dietary sodium intake. A recent American Heart Association survey found that 61% of consumers believe sea salt is a "low-sodium alternative" to table salt, which is mined rather than harvested from the ocean (and also contains iodine and anti-clumping agents). But testing reported in Food Research International concludes that sea salt is "not viable" as a sodium-reduction strategy. Little difference was seen in taste intensity or sodium content between seven varieties of sea salt and regular kosher salt, which has similarly large crystals. By weight, sea salt contains the same amount of sodium as other salts; the only difference is when measured by volume, as both sea and kosher salt contain less salt per spoonful.

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