Table salt is also known as kosher salt, normal salt, sea salt, or kosher salt It's made by passing salty water through a fine-grained, coarse-grain salt block, which naturally strips away any impurities and minerals. The end result is a near-perfect product that has a slightly coarse texture more resemble table salt than the more expensive sea salt used in most kitchens around the world. The process for this coarse salt production isn't completely understood, but modern-day industrial facilities tend to be pretty efficient. Today table salt can be purchased at practically any grocery store, and it's available for nearly every purpose from cooking to decorating.

Sea salt and kosher salt both have downsides. The first major difference between the two is the number of minerals in the product. Sea salt has a significantly higher mineral content than table salt. While many people don't think of sea salt as having high mineral content, it does have a number of different minerals, including manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, silicon, sodium, and zinc. None of these minerals comes close to the nutritional value of a teaspoonful of sea salt (most people don't even need that much).

Table salt on the other hand has trace minerals that aren't healthy. Trace minerals can add nutrients to food without increasing the overall fat and calorie content of the food. Over the long run, eating too much sea salt or table salt (or just eating regular table salt) can leave people feeling deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, so replacing it with a more healthy alternative may be a good idea.

As sea salt and table salt have different minerals, what's left is to find a third option that contains trace amounts of all of these minerals in tiny enough pieces that they can safely be added to our diets. That option is called micro-salt. Micro-salt is just a tiny pinch of rock salt that's room temperature. It also doesn't have any of the unhealthy substances associated with regular table salt. It doesn't even have a negative effect on the body because the trace amounts of minerals it contains are very small. In fact, micro-salt is considered to be a healthier alternative to table salt because it's frequently used in cooking.

Micro-salt is a perfect alternative to table salt because of the wide range of trace minerals it contains. One of its best features is its anti-caking properties. Since tiny particles of this type of rock salt are far lighter than regular table salt, it easily blends into the ingredients of your favorite recipes without clashing. Micro-salt also makes a great addition to baking recipes. Since tiny particles of this type of rock salt can easily absorb moisture, adding just a touch of this to bread and cakes will prevent them from becoming dry and brittle over time.

If you don't like the idea of using trace minerals found in micro-salt for your baking or cooking needs, you can substitute it for regular table salt. Of course, the trade-off is that regular table salt has to be bought and replaced on a regular basis while micro-salt is available in kits and containers. And as you probably know, regular table salt often contains unhealthy chemical additives.

There is one final option besides table salt that you can use in your cooking and baking endeavors, and that's sea salt. Sea salt has the same mineral content as table salt but it's manufactured in an additional water reservoir. What this means is that not only does it contain trace minerals that help our bodies to keep healthy, it also contains tiny amounts of other substances such as magnesium, potassium, iron, and manganese. In addition, many sea salts actually contain up to 95% more magnesium and calcium than table salt.

If you're going to use sea salt for any type of food preparation, it would be wise to avoid both table salt and regular table salt and use only seawater salt for your meals. Not only will you be consuming a healthier diet, but you'll also be helping to preserve our precious natural resources by making sure you get enough minerals in your diet. It's a win/win solution!