Friday, March 9, 2012

Sprinkling Sea Salt Because You Think it’s Better For You? Think Again!

It's finally Friday :) Today's the that many of us relax and unwind after a long week by going out to restaurants for dinner with friends or family. Socializing over food is great, but where there's restaurant food, there's usually SODIUM!! Today's myth-busting is to ensure that you're not fooled by fancy names.

MYTH 7: Sea salt is natural so it’s better for you than table salt.

THE TRUTH: Sea salt, just like kosher and gourmet salt, has about the same amount of sodium as table salt. It is not a healthier choice. Too much sodium can be harmful to your health. The differences between sea salt and table salt are taste, texture and how they are made. Table salt is mined from dried-up ancient salt lakes. Some table salts include iodine, a nutrient that helps prevent thyroid disease. Sea salt is made by evaporating seawater and tastes different depending on where it’s from. Whichever salt you choose, use less. For a flavour boost, sprinkle food with orange or lemon juice, garlic, herbs or spices.


And there you have it! Get the scoop on salt:
• http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/ViewDocument.aspx?id=265
• http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/ViewDocument.aspx?id=7
• http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Blood-Pressure-and-Hypertension/Diff-kinds-of-salt-Lower-blood-pressure.aspx

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