Is Himalayan Pink Salt Really Healthier than Sea Salt?
Himalayan pink salt is absolutely everywhere. If you go to any health food section in a store, you see this pink salt that looks “Healthy” and comes in a variety of sizes. A store I work at sells a large and heavy “Himalayan Salt Cooking Plate” which you heat up and cook meats or fish on it to give a great taste and flavor (according to one of my co-workers). There is also a package of “Tequila Salt Shooters” which you can enjoy Tequila in a shot glass made from pink salt!
It looks like this Himalayan pink salt has become very popular and a center of attention nowadays. “Sea Salt” was also once treated as a healthier choice over table salt and commonly used not only at regular households but also in many products (usually says “made with sea salt” to emphasize health benefits).
Then, is Himalayan Pink Salt really healthier than Sea Salt?
There are numerous “health benefits” that people believe this pink salt holds such as: containing essential minerals, helping lower blood pressure, supporting respiratory system, balancing pH in a body, preventing muscle cramping, strengthening bones, helping the intestines absorb nutrients, and so on.
Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it, BUT do we need to rely on Himalayan pink salt to achieve all these health benefits? Or is it too commercialized and the name and reputation has become bigger and better than the actual product?
Here is what I think:
For our optimal health, we are all encouraged to limit our sodium intake to less than 2 grams (2000 mg) a day to avoid common health problems such as: high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. A total of about 5 grams of salt per day is said to be sufficient which is approximately 1 tsp. Generally speaking, more than half of that amount of salt is already in our food without adding from the salt shaker.
Here is a comparison:
¼ tsp of Sea salt (1.2g) contains 500mg of sodium which is 21% of daily value.
¼ tsp of Himalayan pink salt (1g) contains 420mg of sodium which is 18% of daily value.
As you can see, pink salt weighs less and contains less sodium than sea salt. It is because Himalayan pink salt has a crystal structure that is larger than sea salt, so that makes it have more air packed between the particles. As a result, in the same 1 tsp, pink salt gives you less sodium than sea salt.
This sounds good.
How about all other beneficial nutrients that Himalayan pink salt can provide for our health? Well, although this pink salt contains essential minerals (magnesium, calcium, potassium…), we are not particularly deficient in these nutrients, because we’re already consuming these elsewhere. In fact, we don’t need to rely on this pink salt to supplement the amount of minerals our bodies need, because we can consume a lot of the same nutrients from regular foods such as: grains, vegetables, and meat.
So, pink salt might be overestimated with its health benefits.
Is Himalayan pink salt less processed than Sea salt? Maybe so, and it is often called “the purest salt to be found on earth”. This pink salts come from the mountains, but they are technically sea salts. Long time ago, crystallized sea salt beds were covered with lava and been protected from environmental pollution for so many years. Now, these salts are hand-mined from the mountains and being very popular at the markets for many reasons. They are usually more expensive than sea salts, because of this labor intensive production and/or their popularity.
Since pink salts are natural, they are rich in iodine which is an important nutrient for basic body functioning. Iodine is added to table salt for health benefits, but sea salts are not need to be artificially added in.
If pink salts are still considered naturally produced sea salts, why do you need to pay more?
In my opinion, Himalayan pink salt is not particurally healthier than sea salt. It is just New and Different. You may consume a bit less sodium by switching your regular sea salt to this pink salt. However, you could do the same by consciously reducing the amount of salt intake. The more salt you consume, the more fluids your body retain and make your heart work harder to process excess fluids. This negative circulation can not only increase blood pressure, but also can hinder proper digestion process.
All is well and all the best!