What is the difference between Carrefour's "superior" salt and "high quality" salt?

Other than the 2NT per bag price difference, I mean. Exact same manufacturer, just one is labeled “superior” instead of “high quality” and the price goes up a bit.

I don’t know but some salts have additives to prevent caking, for stabilizing, iodine, etc.

Salt isn’t always 100% salt.

Salt doesn’t expire but sometimes the additives do.

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One is a bag containing Sodium Chloride, the other is a bag containing Sodium Chloride.

Just get the cheaper one.

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One is superior.


That’s only half of the story though. It would be remiss not to mention that the quality of the other one is high.

Best to buy both and go 50:50 in my opinion. Live a little.


Iodized High Quality Salt

Made from sea water using ion exchange membrane and electrodialysis.

Iodized Superior Fine Salt

Added sea water mineral concentrate liquid helps retain food flavors.


Superior tastes a bit saltier. At the end of the day it’s a matter of personal preference.

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People say salt is salt, but I actually think rock salt tastes better than normal table salt.

In some countries iodized salt is mandatory I wonder if that is the case in Taiwan ?

The superior has marginally less microplastic contamination?


How, why? Please speculate or fantasize with details.
Microplastics? From what source, the sea?
If these microplastics are the same size or less than the salt, how could they be filtered out?

Wait… high school chemistry is coming back to me. Saltwater is a solution, not a suspension. Is that right?
I guess that means the salt and the water are both liquid and you can filter any kind of solid out while the salt remains liquid, no?

Suspension is the one where the things just float around in water and if you don’t mix them they’ll totally separate, right?


most salts are from mines. So no microplastic there.

Sea salt is very time consuming to produce. The reason why some of it is pink is because some bacteria grows as the salt crystalizes.

Don’t think they add anti-caking additives to salt. I’ve only had salt that had salt as ingredient. There is no point in adding stuff as salt will attract water and get wet anyways.


Sorry, I heard the bacteria thing in a documentary. It could be minerals too. But regular cheap 15nt table salt is highly refined and is unlikely to contain microplastics. Sea salt on the other hand can.

Hymalayan salt came out of the ground so will not contain microplastics.

Finally, Kosher salt is used for the koshering process, kosher doesn’t refer to the salt itself but the process. Essentially the meat has to have its blood removed as it is unkosher. The salt makes the blood come out of the meat making it kosher.

I actually bought some imported Sicilian rock salt a couple of months back, and when I opened it - no joke - there was a genuine small rock sitting at the top, about the size of a pea.

I haven’t been able to bring myself to use it since, in case I bite into a damn pebble and break a tooth.

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It’s pretty common actually, especially in the cheap table salt type stuff that we’re discussing. Sodium chloride isn’t super hygroscopic anyway as long as it’s not left completely open (although Taiwan is pretty humid of course).

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Andrew is right about cutting the more expensive superior salt with the less expensive high quality salt. Save money! :money_mouth_face:
If you are throwing a classy dinner party, splurge and treat the guests to 100% superior salt. YOLO! :partying_face:


This IS a fun and interesting discussion but I read unabridged dictionaries for fun and English, even Chinese yellow pages when I can find them. So what do knowl?

You said that 90% of the world’s salt sold contains microplastics according to your documentary.
If this is true and is easily verified according to the study, would it these microplastics be considered a dangerous contaminant. Or does it fall below a certain threshold that we’re allowed to have?
At least for salt, we’re lucky to live in Taiwan.
What is the source of the micro plastics according to the documentary and where does this contaminated so come from? Did they discuss methods of possibly removing the microplastics?
Please try to remember the name of the documentary or enough facts where I can reconstruct the name and get a copy of it.
As far as salt tasting different, I think it does. My daughter says there’s a brand of Lay’s potato chips that has two different kinds of salt and you can taste the difference. I tried the chips and it does have a nice variety of flavors.