Have you ever wondered why table salt pours out of a salt shaker so easily in its perfectly formed round crystals? No? Neither had we. But then we got talking to our friends at Cornish Sea Salt. There’s nothing these guys don’t know about salt (unsurprisingly as they make a fair few tonnes of the stuff every month!) and we soon found ourselves asking them more and more questions about it. What we learnt was fascinating…
In short, table salt is highly processed, deliberately stripped of its most nutritious minerals to leave pure sodium chloride and treated with anti-caking agents to make it free-flowing. If you’re lucky they’ll add a bit of chemical bleach too, to make it whiter. After all this processing it no longer does anything good for the body in terms of health and it doesn’t combine with our bodily fluids.
Cornish Sea Salt, on the other hand, is as pure and natural as can be. Nothing is added to it, and nothing is taken away either. It retains around 60 naturally occurring trace elements from the sea, in perfect biological balance, and is lower in sodium chloride.
The minerals that are stripped from table salt are used in agricultural and industrial chemicals, ammunitions and pharmaceuticals amongst others. It’s a huge industry. The table salt itself is actually a by-product of this industry. It’s not exactly a salt that has been lovingly produced for its great flavour or nutritious benefits!
Because it’s cheap. There’s no other reason really. It’s cheap because it’s a waste product and it’s easy for the manufacturers to make some extra money out of it. And it’s not just sold for use in the home. It’s largely present in all the processed foods people consume on a daily basis – it’s a cheap solution for food manufacturers.
The trace elements that you find in Cornish Sea Salt, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium, are at a natural balanced biological level. That’s because it comes straight from the purest sea waters. These retained minerals and trace elements help the body to both metabolise the sodium better and maintain a healthy balance of electrolytes in the body.
Absolutely – grab yourself a cherry tomato and cut it in half. Sprinkle a small amount of Cornish Sea Salt on one half, and have a taste. Then sprinkle a little table salt on the other half and taste that. You’ll be surprised! When we do this test at food shows, most people will be amazed at how chemical and artificial the table salt tastes by comparison to the smooth flavour of Cornish Sea Salt.