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Table salt vs. sea salt

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Salt has a bad reputation for the amount of sodium it contains. But over the years, food manufacturers have added labels that say "made with sea salt" to product packaging as a healthier choice.

Registered Dietician with UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health Center Dawn Napoli broke down the difference and explained sea salt is not really any better than plain old table salt.

She said adding sea salt instead of table salt is a new trend, but sea salt has been around forever. While sea salt might taste slightly different because it sometimes contains a few different minerals, there is no nutritional difference between the two.

Napoli said many people believe sea salt has less sodium, but that is a myth.

She said the same is true for kosher salt. It is flatter, so cooks sometimes like to use it because of the way it dissolves, but the level of sodium is the same.

Salt substitutes, on the other hand, are different. "Salt substitutes are lower in sodium, but add potassium to make it taste like salt," Napoli said. If you have a heart or kidney condition, Napoli said salt substitutes are not necessarily better for you.

Napoli said the best thing to do is to look at the label on the food you buy. We do need sodium, so some salt is okay. She said try to have less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. If you are shopping for snacks, Napoli recommends getting nuts or seeds roasted and unsalted.

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