Skip to content


    Attention All WebMD Community Members:

    These message boards are closed to posting. Please head on over to our new WebMD Message Boards to check out and participate in the great conversations taking place:

    Your new WebMD Message Boards are now open!

    Making the move is as easy as 1-2-3.

    1. Head over to this page:

    2. Choose the tag from the drop-down menu that clicks most with you (and add it to any posts you create so others can easily find and sort through posts)

    3. Start posting

    Have questions? Email us anytime at

    Sea Salt is Just...Salt!
    Joe Piscatella posted:
    A recent survey conducted by the American Heart Association found that 61% of Americans think that sea salt is a healthier, lower-sodium alternative to regular salt. In fact, sea salt is the same sodium chloride as regular salt, just harvested from seawater rather than mined.

    The American Heart Association recommends a daily maximum of 1,500 milligrams of sodium daily. (A teaspoon of salt is about 2,300 milligrams.)

    The primary source of sodium on the American diet is not the salt shaker. It is processed foods.
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 2 found this helpful
    FitnessFreak77 responded:
    What about unrefined salt?
    BillH99 replied to FitnessFreak77's response:
    It is still mostly salt.
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Interesting! I just all the ad campaigns for fast food french fries with sea salt - looks like they are trying to cash in on this "health movement"!

    Joe Piscatella replied to BillH99's response:
    That's right. One of the keys is to read the ingredient list for sodium sources. It's not just "salt," but sodium benzoate, sodium. sodium casenate and other sodium additives.

    Helpful Tips

    potassium levels
    talk to your physician and check your meds on WebMD -- some med combinations either deplete or increase potassium levels in your ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 1 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    The Heart Beat - James Beckerman, MD, FACC

    Dr. James Beckerman shares how small, livable lifestyle changes can have a real impact on your risk of heart attack and stroke...Read More

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the Duke Health General and Consultative Heart Care Center