Ever wonder what the difference is between sea salt and table salt? Here’s a quick explanation from “Living on Live Food” by Allisa Cohen:
“Why not just regular table salt you ask? The best explanation I’ve found is in Rhio’s Hooked on Raw:
White table salt is the by-product of the processing of earth salt after the valuable minerals have been extracted for sale to industry. The salt is subjected to a complicated process of refining which includes heating the salt to over 2,000 degrees. The minerals are precipitated out of the salt, going through numerous processes, and the the salt is re-crystalized. To make the salt free flowing, an anti-caking agent is added, which has the unfortunate side effect of turning the salt purple. Since no one is going to purchase purple salt, it is bleached, and then glucose, talcum, aluminum silicate and…a few other things are added. The end product is 97.5% sodium chloride with no trace elements. This salt is poison to the body.
On Celtic sea salt, Rhio writes:
This salt is harvested from the ocean in a 9,000 acre, pristine area of Brittany, in north-western France. The area has been protected by the French government as an historic site, so that ancient traditions can be preserved for future generations.
To produce the salt, ocean water is channeled into a series of shallow ponds. The sun and wind evaporate the water, leaving a mineral-rich brine. The salt farmers (known as paludiers) then hand rake the brine with wooden tools, and within hours, crystals form and are gathered by hand. The method used for the whole process is a 2,000 year-old tradition in Brittany. This salt is unheated and unrefined. The ‘Grain and Salt Society’ offers three different kinds of salt. The light gray and the flower of the ocean are sun-dried and unheated. The fine ground has been heated to 200 degrees.”
Table Salt is Toxic
This is most likely the fine, white, powdery stuff you have in a salt shaker somewhere in your pantry or on your table. If so, ditch it! Here’s why: as mentioned in the explanation above, table salt is highly refined. So highly refined that 82 of the 84 minerals are taken out during the refining process, leaving only sodium and chloride behind. It also causes a whole host of health issues. Here are a few:
- High blood pressure
- Fluid Retention
- Kidney Stones
- Stomach Cancer
And that’s just a few!
What about Sea Salt?
Sea salt is just that. Salt derived from the sea. But, turns out, it’s just as refined as regular salt! It’s thought to be healthier and more flavorful than table salt, but it’s actually processed with minerals and trace elements removed as well.
Celtic Sea Salt
Celtic Sea Salt, the type described above in the quote from Rhio, is unrefined salt and contains all 84 living enzymes found in sea water. There are no chemicals or preservatives added (such as anti-caking additives in the table salt and sea salt).
Celtic Sea Salt boasts all 84 trace minerals including iodine, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc, among others. They provide necessary nutrients and protection from the toxic sodium chloride commercial salt contains.
You can use Celtic Sea Salt the same way you would regular table salt. As you cook with it, you may find you need just slightly less then what a recipe calls for, example only 3/4 of a tsp instead of 1 tsp.
Where to Buy Celtic Sea Salt
Zebra Organics has an 8 oz. bag of Celtic Sea Salt for $8.59
Make sure you replace your regular table salt as soon as possible! It’s much more toxic than you think.