Sea salt is sea water salt that is extracted from sea water. It is extensively used for cooking, baking, flavoring, and even for preserving food. It's also known as solar rock salt or black sea salt. Much, like mined rock salt, the manufacturing of sea salt dates back to prehistoric times.
As mentioned, there are several different types of sea salt available on the market today. One of the most popular types is rock salt or "real" salt. Real salt tends to be grayish-white in color, often with a slight odor. This type of salt can help bring out the taste of any dish you prepare. The next most popular type is table salt or "precious sea salt". This salt tends to be reddish-brown in color and is often mixed with other ingredients to enhance its flavor.
So which is better? The answer really depends on how you want to use sea salt. If you want to retain the mineral and nutrient content in your food, then using table salt is the best option. On the other hand, if you are trying to lose weight, incorporating a table salt into your diet is not always a good idea. It can make you feel sluggish and can trick your body to store more fat in your body as it tries to rid itself of the substance.
Rock salt does not undergo evaporation. In fact, it goes through a slow process of evaporation. As a result, it contains no nutrients and is typically lower in minerals than table salt. Evaporated sea salt does not contain many nutrients and is therefore not healthy.
So now that we have determined that sea salt does not undergo evaporation, it is time to learn about brine water. A brine tank is simply a large container full of water in which salt and other liquid items are kept. There are many different types of brine tanks, including stainless steel, plastic, and more. The most common type of brine tank is the mechanical brine tank. These are typically used by restaurants and facilities such as hotels.
As mentioned earlier, sea salt does not evaporate. You may have come across people sprinkling table salt on their food before cooking. While table salt does have some iodine and other minerals in it, most table salt will not dissolve in water and will instead clog up in the digestive system. Evaporating seawater, on the other hand, can dissolve the salt in water and provides the salt with a new environment in which to work.
So, what does all this mean for us as consumers? It means that sea salt and table salt have different impacts on our bodies. Sea salt will generally have a richer, stronger, and more salty taste and texture. On the other hand, table salt will have a gentler, softer, and more varied texture. Essentially, it will be much like what you would get when eating between sea salt and table salt.
In short, sea salt and table salt have different textures and tastes. As you probably already know, texture is the key to taste. If you have ever eaten sea salt while traveling by boat, you may notice a sharp and salty taste in your mouth. Generally, this type of taste is not a good thing, but if it is combined with a sweetener such as sugar, it can be very pleasant.
Table salt, on the other hand, can provide a softer, less salty taste. The problem lies with evaporation. When salt is exposed to air, it will evaporate. Less sodium per teaspoon means less sodium will remain in the solution. Less sodium per teaspoon means less sodium will need to be added to your food.
Evaporated salt is a big problem, though. To combat it, many companies have started to add a small amount of sodium per teaspoon of sea salt to their all-natural mixes. Unfortunately, not all-natural mixes are necessarily all-natural. Some manufacturers use large amounts of artificial additives to make their all-natural salt products seem healthier than they actually are.
All-natural sea salts that do not contain evaporating agents are the healthier option. The best option, though, remains organic sea salt. Organic salts are harvested from the oceans and lakes by traditional island fishermen. Ocean harvested salts have been proven to contain far more trace minerals than mining salts. By using organic salts, you can help protect your health and have a saltier body to enjoy for years to come.