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What s in a name? Well, when it comes to marketing, most people believe that what s called sea salt is healthier than table salt and also packs less sodium. Although, in truth, the two varieties are hardly different, you can t blame folks for these false impressions, since many food manufacturers insinuate that sea salt is a healthy seasoning added to all natural and healthy products. However, while sea salt comes from evaporated seawater and table salt is found in underground salt deposits, both contain the same amount of sodium chloride by weight and, thus, have the same metabolic effects.

These added minerals are present in amounts nearly negligible to the typical diet, says ACSH s Dr. Ruth Kava, Yet this doesn t stop people from thinking that sea salt is healthier. Unfortunately, it s not.