Grocery Health

Is Sea Salt Actually Healthier For You Than Table Salt?

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Let’s talk about sea salt vs table salt. You may have heard the minerals in sea salt make it healthy. But is that true?

You’ve probably given some thought to the type of salt you use at home—particularly, whether you choose sea salt or good old-fashioned table salt. Less processed than traditional table salt, both sea salt and Himalayan salt retain more of their original mineral content, such as magnesium and potassium. But do the trace minerals and elements mean sea salt is healthy?

It turns out—maybe not.

Sea Salt vs. Table Salt

Lots of people think sea salt is better because of its minerals—but sea salt and table salt have the same basic nutritional value, according to the Mayo Clinic. Both sea salt and table salt also have a similar amount of sodium by weight.

According to a study published in the Environmental Science and Technology Journal, sea salt has more than trace minerals, too. In many cases, there’s also plastic leeched onto sea salt. Yes, plastic! The problem is, thanks to the plastic bags and other debris in waterways, most sea salt brands contain plastic microparticles.

What About the Iodine in Table Salt?

Produced in salt mines, traditional table salt is more processed than sea salt. This means it’s mostly devoid of natural minerals, which might be where a lot of table salt’s bad press comes from. It’s worth noting, however, that since the 1920s, producers have added iodine to processed salt. It’s an important mineral for keeping your thyroid happy.

Here are more surprising things you probably didn’t know about salt.

Here’s the Bottom Line

When it comes to salt intake, your best bet is moderation. No one type of salt is better for you, so you can’t go wrong by lowering your intake. For inspiration, check out our roundup of low-sodium recipes that are kind to your heart. You can also find easy ways to reduce sodium in your diet here.

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Article by Shanna Mallon for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

Packaged Food Sweets What's New

Treat Your Sweet Tooth To Milano’s New Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Cookie

Now that Halloween has passed, we’re keeping an eye on all these seasonal sweets dropping for the upcoming holidays. As we bear through one more month of pumpkin-spiced items, we look longingly to December for all the holiday-themed cookies and candies we’d like to spend an intimate evening with.

Perhaps a sultry helping of dark chocolate will stimulate our sweet tooth.

To help us with that, Pepperidge Farm announced their newest flavor of Milano Cookies: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt. The new cookie is getting a pretty early seasonal release, still a month out from winter. Hey, we’re not complaining one bit.

For those of you who enjoy titillating your taste buds with a variety of sensations, the gourmet cookie combines both elements of sweet and salty.

The new seasonal flavor will only be available exclusively at Target stores beginning November 5. Man, this would go fantastically with egg nog.

Packaged Food

Hostess Has New Sea Salt Caramel CupCakes And Zingers


Ah, Hostess. The popular snack brand is releasing two new items inspired by the innovative sea salt and caramel combination. The snacks will be available in both CupCakes and Zingers.

Hostess’ CupCakes will feature a yellow cake filled with caramel creme. It’s iced with caramel frosting, topped with Squiggle. The Zingers are filled with Hostess creme and topped with a ribbon of caramel. It’s drenched in a layer of chocolate. Both items will feature a sprinkle of sea salt.

The limited-time snacks can be found in stores now and will remain there through July 31.



Sea Salt Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

What happens when your sweet tooth is falling asleep? Kick it with a bit of savory. That’s what our friend Rachel has done with her latest recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge-Layered Brownies with Sea Salt. The same creative baker behind The Overdose and Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark, Rachel has blessed us with yet another recipe that will flip your palette inside-out and upside down.

These brownies start with a dark chocolate “fudge-y” brownie bottom and are topped with a layer of home peanut butter fudge complete with sea salt. Here’s the entire recipe from Rachel’s blog: With Love, Rachel.


Peanut Butter Fudge-Layered Brownies with Sea Salt
1 1/4 stick butter (10 tablespoons)
1 cup organic sugar
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Double-Dutch dark cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cold large eggs
1/2 cup almond flour

Preheat oven to 325F. Line a 13 by 9-in baking pan with parchment, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. Spray the parchment with just a small amount of pan spray.

Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a double broiler (using the glass bowl over pan of simmering water method). *Be sure the bottom of bowl does not touch the water.

Stirring occasionally, when butter is just about melted, remove from sauce pan and let residual heat continue to melt the butter. Stir until smooth. Touch to check for temperature. It should feel warm, if HOT, wait until warm to add the eggs. Then, proceed to add eggs one at a time. Make sure that each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Once mixed and looks shiny, stir in the flour. Stir until flour is incorporated, but do not over stir.

Spread the batter evenly in prepared baking dish. The key is to bake this for only 20-25 minutes, allowing there to be few moist crumbs on the toothpick after a toothpick test. You want your brownies to be fudge-y. Let the brownies cool completely on a wire rack, removing by gripping parchment edges. (let it sit on parchment on top of wire rack)
Once cool you can layer the peanut butter.

Peanut Butter fudge layer
6 tablespoons butter (3/4 stick)
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup confectioners sugar
pinch of salt
Sea Salt for sprinkling
Cream butter and peanut butter until combined. Slowly stir/fold in the confectioner’s sugar until incorporated. The fudge should be thick, and will get a little arm work out mixing in the sugar. This is GOOD! It should be of a fudge consistency. Spread the peanut butter fudge layer evenly over the COOL brownies with your hands. Sprinkle with sea salt.


Goat Cheese & Chive Guacamole

Gaby Dalkin never disappoints when it comes to savory recipes. If you’re looking for a great way to spice up those guacamole dishes, this is the recipe for you! Utilizing bacon avacados, lemons, chives, goat cheese, sea salt and pepper, we are blessed with this amazing looking guacamole dip. Crack open your favorite bag of tortilla chips and go to town!


Chocolate Covered Clementines

Fresh and juicy clementines with a touch of chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt. Sweet juices and a salty balance, oh how our friend Jessica teases us every morning. These look absolutely delicious!


Wendy’s: New Natural-Cut Sea Salt Fries National Launch

Straight out of Dublin, Ohio, today marks the announcement that the Wendy’s chain will be launching a complete redesign of their classic fries; the first time in its 41-year history. The redesign seems to come as a comparable move to other notable burger chains making a move to more “natural” fry offerings.

The new fries are noted to be natural cut, with an enhanced potato flavor and texture, feturing “skin-on” cut and seasoned with sea salt. The fries are 100% made from Russet potatoes, sliced “natural-style” with the skin on and cooked in proprietary oil that has 0 grams trans fat per serving. Wendt’s new natural-cut fries will be priced the same as their current French Fry offerings and will be available in the same four servings sizes. We should see the introduction of these new fries nationwide tomorrow, November 11th, with all other restaurants expected to start serving the new fries by the end of next week. (VIA Wendy’sArby’sGroup/PICTHX GrubGrade)


Mozzarella Bruschetta

These thing would go great with a bowl of pasta or just by themselves! Get some oil, tomatoes, basil, garlic, vinegar, sea salt and peppers and mix it up in a bowl and place it on a slice of ciabatta bread! Place a piece of mozzarella cheese and toast them in the oven to your preference! In the worlds of Rachael Ray “Yum-O”! (Thx FTLOC)