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Sea salt or table salt, which is healthier? What happens when you stop eating salt?

GRDAJ Dec 11:

Our food would not taste as good as it does if there was no salt in it. A must-put ingredient in every dish, salt makes food flavourful, and delicious.

Of late, sea salt or pink salt has gained a lot of popularity as it is marketed for replacing white salt for a healthy, and weight-loss diet.

Often called organic, natural, and pure, it is touted as being than table salt, which health experts say is as bad as sugar when it comes to heart health.

Too much salt or sodium in your diet can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. It can also cause calcium losses, some of which may be pulled from the bone. According to statistics, most Americans consume at least 1.5 teaspoons of salt per day, or about 3400 mg of sodium, which contains far more than our bodies need.

What is the difference between sea salt and table salt?

The main differences between sea salt and table salt, according to the Mayo Clinic, are in their taste, texture, and processing.

Table salt is usually mined from underground deposits and is processed so that all the other minerals are removed. Iodine, an important mineral for thyroid health, is also added to it.

Sea salt, however, is made after sea water has evaporated in the sun in saltpans. It is not processed and has minerals.

Through marketing, it has become a popular notion that sea salt is better than table salt but according to research, there is no difference in the basic nutritional value of both, as they contain the same amount of sodium, which is 40 per cent when measured by weight.

According to the American Heart Association, sodium is an extremely important mineral for the heart. However, consuming an excess amount is also dangerous. The World Health Organisation, therefore, has recommended that healthy adults limit sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg (about one teaspoon of salt) per day.

Thus, experts say that whichever salt you consume, make sure to eat it within dietary limits.

Benefits of eating salt

It is very important to eat salt as it has many benefits:

•Provides hydration

•Prevents cramps

•Important for nerve health

•Good for dental health

Salt deficiency

Many people give up eating salt entirely and begin showing signs of deficiency like muscle cramps, decreased hydration, weakness, headaches, and cognitive decline in older adults.

Known as hyponatremia, sodium deficiency can cause your cells to fill with water. The condition can lead to mild or extremely severe symptoms ranging from nausea, headaches, and confusion to cramps, seizures, and even coma.