What's the difference between sea salt and regular salt?

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  • denise
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Sea salt is usually in larger grains & regular salt in much finer.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    A big difference. Ordinary salt is pure NaCl, more or less. Sea salt, by constrast is simply sea water which has been dried up. along with the NaCl there are all the other minerals whwich make up salt sea water. This may or may not have health benefits but the taste of table salt on the tongue is very harsh compared to the sea salt.

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  • Kaz
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    The price.

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  • 1 year ago

    Good question. I've wondered that myself as the potato chip people are advertising "sea salt" like it's a good thing.

    Best as I can figure sea salt is exactly the same as ordinary salt but for one thing...sea salt has impurities in it...from the "sea."

    Why would I want salt that has impurities in it?

    Go figure.

    Second point...pretty much all salt comes from the sea. Those salt domes near New Iberia, LA are there because the sea that was once there has evaporated and left the salt behind. In other words, that ordinary Morton Salt that pours when it rains, is in fact sea salt.

    Source(s): Used to live in New Iberia, LA, near Avery Island where the salt domes are actually mined.
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  • 1 year ago

    Nothing. Salt is salt. It's all just NaCl.

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  • 1 year ago

    Salt .....

    Part of the answer is obvious. Sea salt comes from the sea. Large tracts of water are evaporated and the remaining salt is scooped up to give you sea salt, which is mostly NaCl, but there are traces of other salts as well (including tiny pieces of plastic). "Regular" salt is mined from large salt deposits in the ground, (from ancient oceans), and refined, so that only NaCl is present. (Sometimes iodine is added to "regular salt" to prevent goiter. It's called "iodized salt.") There also may be some substances to keep it from lumping together into a giant block of salt.

    One of the differences between "regular" salt and sea salt besides, the contents, is the size of the crystals. Sea salt particles are larger, rougher and have a different texture in the mouth. This is why some cooks like to use sea salt as a garnish. But if you are simply dissolving salt in water to cook with, then there is no reason to use sea salt.

    Here's an article that talks about different kinds of salt: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/different-typ...

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  • 1 year ago

    Ordinary table salt is "sea salt." It is mined from places where sea water had dried up and left the salt behind. Table salt has been cleaned by dissolving in clean water, removing contaminants and then drying. Most common table salt has iodine added, important for good health.

    What is advertised as "sea salt" is salt derived from sea water, with or without cleaning, and may contain other minerals.

    Advertisers like to use the phrase "sea salt" because people somehow think it is more "natural" or healthier. It aids in selling their product.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Sea salt is from the sea water

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 year ago

    One is more loved by hippies.

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  • 1 year ago

    sea salt has iodides and bromides mixed in. "regular" salt usually needs these added to it.

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