Transcript for 'GMA' Frugal Foodie: Are gourmet salts worth the price tag?
My arm waves too. It's time for "Gma's" frugal foodie looking at gourmet Sauls with a price tag more than ten times the amount. Are they really worth it? Back on the case. Culinary salt is the big craze. These new gourmet salts. Fans claim they not only make your food taste better but have health benefits and act as a detoxifier. Come on. Is it really different than regular table salt? We put them to the test. Salt, the kitchen staple now fancier than ever. Four day varieties like himalayan pink and costing anywhere from $10 to more than $270 a pound. We're not looking for a subtle improvement in the flavor of your food. We're looking for a mind-blowing improvement. Reporter: Some chefs saying they're not only tastier but also better for you. The great thing about this salt is all of the trace minerals that are still intact naturally. Healthier salt based on its DNA to the human body. Reporter: The health benefits associated with high mineral salts are not entirely clear. The thinking is minerals are really important to human health so if you're going to choose a salt you may as well choose a salt with more minerals in it. The reality is it may or may not make a big difference. Lift it up. Reporter: Do they taste better? We wanted to find out. "Gma" asking chef James brishione to prepare a taste test. He seasoned chicken breast with three different salts. Kosher at $3, himalayan at $10 and French sea salt at almost $50 a jar and invited three food professional, a chef, cookbook author and culinary student to dig in. On three you'll flip your card around and show me which one you liked best. One, two, three. Two of our tasters picked the most expensive salt as their favorite. I actually like the salty flavor. Reporter: When it came to picking the priciest, get this, our cookbook author was fooled by the affordable kosher salt thinking that was the most expensive one. My hat off to kosher. Fooled me. I really thought it was the fancy one. Reporter: Do you feel like there's that big of a difference between something that costs $3 and something that costs almost 50. If irwasn't tasting them back-to-back I don't think there would be that much of a difference. They do 'tis taste a little different. Reporter: They don't make specific health claims but tell us their mineral rich Sauls are a better choice. According to one saltmaker natural minerals in even small amounts can certainly come into play with our nutrition. All right, so chefs say really the biggest difference in the types of salt is in the texture. How coarse it is and also a lot are cool, cool color, pink, black, so that look has an appeal as well. They have great shelf appeal when you're see egg that. "Bon appetit"'s Adam Rapoport is here with a hot new craze finishing salt so please welcome Adam here to "Good morning America." All right. Hey, Adam. Digging the shoes. So, tell us about the difference here and what they're used for. We'll start with Mauldin. Kitchen essential. You have this in your kitchen. I do. And this is your all purpose finishing salt as a final flour other. Pop rocks for adults. Flaky. Have to do like that. It pops. From roasted vegetable, steamed vegetable, steak, even dessert. I'm no the as familiar with this one. Smoked salt. You're probably not grilling outsi outside. You bring it to a smoky flavor to pan seared steaks or make it inside, bring the smoke from outside. I've heard about it and makes that barbecue -- Nice smoky finish. And add crunch. These are super flaky little like pyramids almost. These are more like little rocks. You know. I'm definitely going to try this. That's got more of a crunch and this is more of a flake. I am familiar with this. Your truffle salt -- Yes, yes, white truffle about $200 or so an ounce. No, the salt. The real deal. This is a white truffle salt $10 a box and throw it on popcorn. Eggs, fettuccine Al Fredo and gives you that unmistakable garlicky -- It is so powerful. Have you ever tried it like this? It's excellent. It is. You get addicted to it. It's a lot cheaper than the real deal. Ready to jam out with Rick Astley. Oh, yeah. You got the shoes on. Got my dancing shoes on.
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