Many consumers are choosing sea salt over table salt for various reasons. Some like its coarse texture; others choose it for its minerals. But health officials want consumers to know that both contain about 40 percent sodium. A survey by the American Heart Association found that six out of 10 people falsely believed sea salt is lower in sodium compared to table salt.
The AHA recommends limiting sodium intake to less than 1,500 milligrams a day. Consuming too much sodium can put a person at greater risk for developing high blood pressure, which raises the risk of heart disease.