Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

Sponsored: Is sea salt or iodized better for high blood pressure?

Sponsored: Is sea salt or iodized better for high blood pressure?

Question: Is it better for me to use a kosher or sea salt instead of regular iodized salt if I have high blood pressure? 

Answer: There is absolutely no advantage or benefit to using kosher or sea salt over iodized salt if you have high blood pressure and have been told by your physician or primary care provider to reduce sodium. All salts are sodium chloride (NaCl) and if you are sensitive to sodium and it causes you to retain fluid and increases your blood pressure, merely switching from one salt to another salt will not make any difference. The only difference is in the price and the size of the salt crystals and maybe a slight difference in taste.

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian


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