Designer salt

It can look beautiful and taste a little different — but designer salt is still about 99% sodium chloride.
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  • Updated:5 Feb 2006



In brief

  • Sea salt, pink salt, Maldon salt, Murray River salt … it seems salt’s more than just salt these days. Some of these fancy types look beautiful, and they can taste a little different from each other, but they’re still at least 99% sodium chloride
  • … which means too much of them is just as bad for you as too much ordinary salt. There’s now good evidence linking salt with high blood pressure, so it’s worth watching how much you eat.

All the celebrity chefs have their favourites: Jamie’s is Maldon salt (from his beloved Essex); Nigella seems to go for Maldon or other sea salt too; Stefano di Pieri has tied his gondola to Murray River salt; Maeve O’Meara and her Food Lover’s Guide say Australian sea salt is “as good as you can get”; Neil Perry favours sea salt too, but despite their surfing theme, Ben and Curtis mostly go with plain old salt. So what’s with the celebrity salt?

Please note: this information was current as of February 2006 but is still a useful guide today.



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