Health experts discuss what you need to know to choose between sea salt and pink Himalayan salt, and how eating salt affects the health.
What is sea salt?
Sea salt is created through the evaporation of ocean water or saltwater lakes. Unlike table salt sea salt gets minimal processing. This accounts for its large, crystalline shape and popularity among health-conscious consumers. Additionally, the evaporation process enables sea salt to preserve traces of minerals that our bodies need, such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
Although sea salt is a more “natural” choice than table salt, sprinkling it on your food does come with the possibility of consuming small amounts of undesired materials.
What is pink Himalayan salt?
If you’ve ever come across pink Himalayan salt at the grocery store, you might have wondered whether you could trust such a colorful product. Pink Himalayan salt comes from the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan, where the mineral content there produces a unique pink coloration.
Since pink Himalayan salt is hand-mined and ground, producers of this salt argue that it is even more natural than sea salt. While sea salt contains bits of 72 mikroelements, pink Himalayan salt has all 84 different mikroelements required by the body. This disparity makes most health specialists rate pink Himalayan salt higher than other salts.
So, which is better for your health?
At first glance, the microplastics, metals, and fewer helpful elements that are found in sea salt seem to indicate that pink Himalayan salt is the smarter selection.
However, the quantity of “harmful” materials in sea salt is actually so small that the health impacts are insignificant, according to a 2017 study in Scientific Reports. In other words, neither of these salts are worse for your health, but too much of any salt can lead to high blood pressure, cellular disruption, and even increase the risk of stomach cancer. These are only three of the many ways that consuming too much salt is harming your health.
However, while pink Himalayan salt is composed of a greater number of helpful elements than sea salt, the trace minerals that give unique taste or coloration are present in too minute a quantity to have any proven health impact. Therefore, neither one of these salts is proven to be better for your health either.
How do we choose between them?
If you’re attracted to the glow of pink Himalayan salt, add some colour to your plate with this. Alternatively, stick to traditionally coloured sea salt.
Salt, chemically known as sodium chloride, regardless of its source is vital for health. Salt helps our body regulate blood pressure, assist in nerve function, and helps your cells perform their function to keep organs healthy. Sea salt and pink Himalayan salt are both excellent sources of sodium chloride!
Source: The Healthy
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Updated: Nov. 09, 2020