For years, we have been hearing about the health repercussions of eating salt. Too much can be hard on our cells and hard on our systems. Salt, for many of us, has become the enemy. We find ourselves leering at it across the tables of restaurants and kitchens everywhere.


While it may be true that regular ol’ salt, otherwise known as table salt, is not the best thing to be putting in your body, there are other types of salt that can benefit you. Mineral salt and sea salt fall into this category.


Mineral and sea salts are different from the types of salt we usually ingest. Sea salt is derived from evaporated sea water. It tastes different than table salt, which is composed merely of sodium chloride. Though more expensive, many people find that sea salt is better tasting than table salts. It is typically the salt of choice for serious cooks.


Mineral salts can come in varieties. They are inorganic salts and include phosphate, calcium, chloride, sodium and potassium. One of the most common mineral salts is iodized salt. Iodine is essential to the function of the body as an iodine deficiency can be problematic. Thus, if your iodine levels are deficient, iodized salt is a great way to up your intake.


Table salt is salt that is mined from salt deposits below the earth. It is more refined and processed than mineral salt or sea salt. The processing includes adding additives and eliminating most minerals.


Mineral salt and sea salt are also more natural than table salt. They do not undergo a lengthy production process: rather, they are much more as the Earth intended.


While these salts might be better than some table salts, you should still only use them in moderation. Since salt is used to balance the water system of your body, ingesting too much can throw that system off. The key is to find that happy medium.