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If you haven’t heard of Himalayan Pink Salt in all of its trendy, healthy, and magical glory, then let us introduce you. Himalayan Pink Salt is a type of rock salt from the Punjab region of Pakistan, near the foothills of the Himalayas. It has been described as one of the purest salts on Earth, with countless health benefits. But are all of these claims true? Let’s find out.
According to Reader’s Digest, “Himalayan Pink Salt is the leftover deposits from a salty ocean during the pre-Cambrian age (around four billion years ago.) and contains over 80 minerals and trace elements — some of which give it it’s characteristic pink color.” It is debated, however, whether these additional trace elements and minerals are better for us to consume than mere sodium chloride, or table salt. Many believe that these trace elements also contribute to a myriad of health benefits, such as easing breathing difficulties, aiding vascular health, helping digestive disorders, improving nutrient absorption, and balancing the body’s pH levels.
“Many people are thinking it’s like taking a salt multivitamin,” says registered dietician Kelsey Mangano, PhD, RD, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, “but it actually couldn’t be further from the truth. People need to understand that the number of trace minerals that are essential for health is actually really small. We only need around eight trace minerals to prevent any types of deficiency symptom.”
So, aside from it’s exotic-looking pink hue and slightly different taste from table salt, it appears that there is really no scientific evidence showing that Himalayan Pink Salt provides more health benefits or magical properties than regular table salt. But it’s still awfully tasty! And it can be used in creative and interesting ways to cook, season meals, and preserve food. And Dr. Mangano does say, “I would advise people to consume the salt that they find is the most flavorful and makes their food the most exciting.”
Done. Himalayan Pink Salt it is.
So, it might not be all it’s cracked up to be, but it’s still mighty tasty, especially our very own Old Town Spice Shop fine Himalayan Pink Salt and coarse Himalayan Pink Salt. We also found this useful guide via Snapguide for recipes that feature Himalayan Pink Salt – anything from ribeye steak to cranberry-rose sauce to peach pie to almond milk.
We always recommend trying something new, especially when it comes to standard ingredients such as table salt. Mix it up and enjoy the adventure. If you would like to learn about other tasty spices that you’re likely not using but should be, swing on by our herbs and spices store located in Fort Collins, CO, or check out our online spice store for more delicious suggestions. Cooking is an adventure, so take the opportunity to smell, taste, ask questions, and go on this adventure with us. You’ll be glad you did!