Not even close. All it does it confuse the chemical definition of salt as NaCl with the common usage of "salt" as the mixture of NaCl and other minerals.
Originally Posted by Grizz
If you can't distinguish between actual NaCl and the other minerals that are mixed in with NaCl to form the "salt" in the bottle, then do us a favor and don't talk about it.
And by the way, once you dissolve this salt mixture in water, it becomes a separte Na+ sodium ion with nothing else attached. It doesn't know where it came from. Therefore, some statement that "sodium from refined salt acts differently from sodium from sea salt" is scientific hooey -- in fact it flies in the face of 11th grade chemistry. Same goes for "charged" calcium. For biochemical purposes, ALL calcium is charged. More accurately, it is Ca2+ ion. Yes, you can obtain calcium as a neutral metal, but it will react with water in the air to make Ca2+ ion.
Now, if it's the other minerals that are doing the good stuff, fine. But you have to make that distinction.
And to everyone else: if you are sensitive to NaCl, then taking sea salt instead of refined salt is not much better. Sea salt is STILL mostly NaCl, with some MgCl2 and other minerals mixed in. But you're still taking in a LOT of NaCl. And remember, once all this dissolves in your stomach, all sodium ion is the same and it doesn't matter what kind of "salt" mixture it came from.
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