Lovers of Sea Salt, Beware!

I have noticed many products lately that tout sea salt on the packaging. Popcorn with sea salt, tortilla chips with sea salt, salted caramels with sea salt, and even chocolate with sea salt – all leap off the shelves with their eye-catching marketing and magnetizing draw of being mysteriously superior to the other products next to them. You know, the ones that only have table salt in them? I love salt. Most people do. Along with sugar and fat, it is among the trifecta of most important ingredients that draws people back for more. Crunchy, warm, salty popcorn. Crispy potato chips. White chocolate covered pretzels. Frothy, creamy, delectable hot chocolate with whipped cream, caramel drizzle and a smattering of salt on top. Gah! I love the punch that salt gives. But when it’s sea salt – doesn’t that make it even healthier for you? With its smattering of trace minerals and no stripping of its inherent goodness, isn’t sea salt the best of all salts??? On a trip once, my husband and I ate at a gourmet, farm-to-table restaurant. One of the appetizers was bread and crackers, olive oil and a selection of salts from around the world. One salt was yellow in color and had a slight sulphury taste that was rumored to be a great accompaniment to eggs. Another was gray in color and was taken from salt fields in France. Yet another had pink crystals from the Himalayas. And a final option was dark in color and was taken from a site near a black volcano. Each salt had a different subtle flavor. All of them were fun to try. But...