Month: April 2020

Is Morton Lite Salt Healthy?

Is Morton Lite Salt Healthy?

Welcome back to Boulder Salt’s “What is the Healthiest Salt?” blog series where our salt experts discuss the ingredients of popular salts, which of those ingredients contribute to health, and what salts can be classified as healthy salts.

Last week in our 3rd post of the series we looked at Celtic Sea Salt, and today we shift gears from “natural salts” to Morton Lite Salt which is more of a modified salt. However, before we get to the specifics of Morton Lite Salt ingredients, let’s do a quick review of our last few blogs on what makes up a healthy salt or healthy salt alternatives

 

What Makes Up A Healthy Salt?

There are around 15 minerals that our bodies actually require, and most of those 15 minerals also function as electrolytes. The minerals that function as electrolytes include sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, and chloride. Having a good balance of these electrolytes in our bodies is very important. Most people think that a low-sodium salt is the best salt, but actually a healthy salt is one that is balanced in these key electrolytes, the electrolytes are in ratios that our bodies actually need, the salt is free of contaminants, and it has to taste good.

 

Morton Lite Salt Ingredients

To determine if Morton Lite Salt is healthy, we need to look at its ingredients. Morton Lite Salt is a blend of regular table salt and potassium chloride.  Specifically Morton Lite Salt contains around half of the sodium of table salt, and that removed sodium is replaced with potassium chloride. While this does lower the amount of sodium in the salt, it makes Morton Lite taste more metallic or bitter.

 

Is Morton Lite Salt Healthy?

No, because even though the minerals in this modified salt are better than many of the other more natural salts that we’ve looked at in this series, the balance of those minerals is still not what our bodies need. While Morton Lite Salt ingredients do show it has lower sodium and more potassium chloride, it doesn’t incorporate magnesium, calcium or bicarbonate as shown below in the table. Also, by removing so much sodium and adding potassium chloride Morton Lite Salt doesn’t taste good. So, because Morton Lite Salt doesn’t have all the minerals we need, and the minerals it does have are not balanced in the ratio our bodies require, and it does not taste good, we cannot consider this salt as a healthy salt, or a healthy salt alternative.

 SodiumChlorideMagnesiumCalciumPotassiumBicarbonate
Table Salt39.10%60.80%0.00%0.01%0.09%0.00%
Morton Lite Salt21.00%54.00%0.00%0.00%25.00%0.00%
Boulder Salt22.00%34.00%9.00%5.00%9.00%21.00%

 

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Is Celtic Sea Salt Healthy?

?Is Celtic Sea Salt Healthy?

Welcome back for the third installment in our “What is the Healthiest Salt?” series, where we take a closer look at the various popular types of salt, and contemplate how well they live up to their health halos. 

Last week we looked at Sea Salt, investigating the strengths and weaknesses of this popular “healthy salt alternative”. This week we’re going to talk about a specific kind of salt in this category, Celtic Sea Salt, and see if it is healthy. However, before we review the specifics of Celtic Sea Salt, let’s do a quick recap of what makes up a healthy salt.

 

What Makes Up A Healthy Salt?

The body only requires about 15 minerals, and most of those minerals also function as electrolytes. The minerals that function as electrolytes include calcium, sodium, bicarbonate, potassium, magnesium, and chloride. Keeping these electrolytes balanced in our body is very important.  The dogma that low-sodium salts are the healthiest is false.  Actually a healthy salt needs to be balanced in the key electrolytes, contaminant free, and it needs to taste good.

 

What Minerals are in Celtic Sea Salt?

As with Sea Salt, Celtic Sea Salt is created by evaporating sea water, and then what is left behind is the salt. However, this salt specifically comes from seawater near the town of Guérande in France.  The seawater is concentrated, first in clay silt ponds, and then in shallow pans that are formed in the native clay. This clay is what gives the salt its characteristic gray tint. 

When analyzed this salt is often found to have higher levels of calcium, magnesium, and potassium than table salt.  The amounts of these mineral levels in Celtic Sea Salt vary. The presence of these minerals is most likely due to the clay contamination, and just like Sea Salt, other contaminants in the ocean such as microplastics, and heavy metals can also make an appearance.

 

So, is Celtic Sea Salt Healthy?

The answer is no.  As you can see on the graph below, Celtic Sea Salt does tend to have slightly higher levels of calcium, potassium, and magnesium than table salt. However, none of these minerals are present in amounts that would impact someone’s health.  Celtic Sea Salt still contains high levels of sodium relative to the other important salts, and it has even higher relative levels of chloride than the other salt alternatives we’ve seen so far.

 SodiumChlorideMagnesiumCalciumPotassiumBicarbonate
Table Salt39.10%60.80%0.00%0.01%0.09%0.00%
Celtic Sea Salt33.80%65.40%0.44%0.13%0.23%0.00%
Boulder Salt22.00%34.00%9.00%5.00%9.00%21.00%

 

Because Celtic Sea Salt is almost entirely Sodium Chloride, offering other important minerals only in scant levels that are too low to make much of an impact on the body, we cannot recommend Celtic Sea Salt as a healthy salt alternative

 

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Is Sea Salt Healthy?

Is Sea Salt Healthy For You?

Welcome back to our Boulder Salt “What is the Healthiest Salt?” blog series where we discuss ingredients of popular salts used by consumers, which of those ingredients contribute to health, and what salts are actually a healthy salt or a healthy salt alternative.

In our first installment last week we looked at Himalayan Salt, and today we’ll be considering Sea Salt. However, before we dive into the specifics of Sea Salt, let’s revisit what makes up a healthy salt.

What Makes Up a Healthy Salt?

Of the approximately 15 minerals that our bodies require, most of them also function as electrolytes. Those minerals that function as electrolytes include sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, bicarbonate, and chloride. The balance of these electrolytes in our bodies is very important. So contrary to the dogma that the best salt is low-sodium, a healthy salt is a balanced blend of the key electrolytes, contains those electrolytes in ratios that our bodies need, is contaminant-free, and tastes good.

What is Sea Salt?

We can best answer this question by looking at how Sea Salt is made and what ingredients it contains. Sea Salt is made by evaporating seawater and gathering the sea salt that is left behind. Like table salt, it’s mostly made up of sodium chloride, but depending on what part of the ocean it comes from it can also contain trace minerals, such as iron, zinc, and potassium.

Unfortunately, evaporation also concentrates some of the contaminants commonly found in the ocean. Heavy metals, such as lead, can be found in Sea Salt. Sometimes it also contains microplastics, tiny particles of the many pieces of plastic waste that litter our oceans.

Is Sea Salt Healthy For You?

No, and here’s why. Katherine Zeratsky, who is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian at the Mayo Clinic says,

“Sea salt and table salt have the same basic nutritional value, despite the fact that sea salt is often promoted as being healthier. Sea salt and table salt contain comparable amounts of sodium by weight.”

The graph below confirms exactly what Zeratsky is saying. Sea Salt and table salt are nearly identical in sodium content and sea salt has a touch more potassium, magnesium, and calcium, but those differences vary based on where it’s made. Regardless, these mineral levels are not high enough to justify calling it a “healthy salt alternative.”

 SodiumChlorideMagnesiumCalciumPotassiumBicarbonate
Table Salt39.10%60.80%0.00%0.01%0.09%0.00%
Sea Salt38.30%61.56%0.05%0.01%0.08%0.00%
Boulder Salt22.00%34.00%9.00%5.00%9.00%21.00%

 

Next week we’ll be looking into a specific brand of this kind of salt, Celtic Sea Salt.

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