Is it true that sea salt is better for diabetics than table salt? If so, why?
Q: Is it true that sea salt is better for diabetics than table salt? If so, why?
Using sea salt in place of table salt has the added benefit of containing a few trace minerals. However, sea salt and other unrefined salts do not contain the element iodine, which is added to table salt. Iodine deficiency can lead to thyroid problems. Therefore, if you decide to use sea salt, it's important to make sure you consume foods rich in iodine, such as seafood and sea vegetables like kelp.
At this point there aren't any high-quality studies showing that sea salt is better than table salt for people with diabetes. Therefore, you can use either type or alternate between the two if you like.
Originally answered by Claire Blum, RN, CDE; edited by Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.
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