Seaweed: The Healthier Alternative to Salt

There has been rising demand amongst consumers for healthier alternatives to salt, and Tesco the supermarket giant has announced its launch of ground-up seaweed salt.  The small seaweed granules taste salty, but they have 85 per cent less sodium levels than normal salt.

Sodium is an essential electrolyte that works to maintain a healthy balance of water in and around your bodies cells.  It is crucial for proper nerve and muscle function, but are we getting too much of in our everyday diet?

The answer to this would appear to be yes.  The problem is not that we are adding to much salt into our meals, the problem is that manufacturers are adding more and more salt into foods in order to make them more appealing and to increase shelf life.

Salt is a natural preservative, so by adding it to pre made foods and snacks, it make them last longer as well as making them more appealing to the consumer.  The truth is, we have grown accustomed to the taste of salt so much that we now use it in excess because our taste buds are gradually becoming immune to it. 

This is where seaweed salt comes in.  The average Brit eats around 8 gram of salt a day, which is 2 grams higher than the recommended 6 daily grams.  Seaweed salt can cut this figure down dramatically while still providing the flavour that we have all grown so accustomed to.

Seaweed salt also contains other health boosting minerals such as iodine, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium.  The problem is it is much more expensive gram for gram.  750 grams of normal table salt costs 35p, while a 20 gram sachet of seaweed salt being sold in Tesco comes in at a staggering 3 pounds.  Although this seems like a huge difference, a teaspoon of seaweed salt weighs only 0.1 grams, while normal salt wights 6 grams per teaspoon.