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Himalayan Pink Salt Vs Sea Salt & Table Salt

Updated: Jun 8



🌊 What Is Salt? 🌊


Salt is a mineral that mostly consists of the compound sodium chloride. It contains a large amount of sodium chloride, around 98% by weight. People often use the terms "salt" and "sodium" interchangeably. 🧂


Salt is produced by evaporating saltwater and extracting solid salt from underground salt mines. Before salt reaches the market, table salt also goes through many refining processes to remove impurities and other minerals from sodium chloride. Anti-caking agents are added to help absorb moisture, and iodine is included to prevent iodine deficiency in consumers. 🧴🛒


Humans have used salt to add flavor and preserve foods for thousands of years. Sodium also plays a vital role in many biological functions, such as fluid balance, nerve conduction, and muscle contraction. It is necessary to have salt or sodium in your diet. 🌟


However, many healthcare professionals claim that too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. Because of the potential dangers of consuming too much table salt, many people now use Himalayan salt as a healthier alternative. 💗


🌟 The Difference Between Himalayan Salt, Table Salt, and Sea Salt 🌟


There are many types of salts available in the market, each claiming to offer unique benefits. Suppliers of Himalayan salt assert that it is healthier and tastes better due to the presence of trace minerals. Here's a comparison between ordinary table salt, sea salt, and Himalayan pink salt.


🌸 Himalayan Pink Salt 🌸


Himalayan pink salt contains some iron oxide, giving it a pale pink color. It is mainly found in the Khewra Salt Mine near the Himalayas in Pakistan. The Khewra Salt Mine is one of the oldest and largest salt mines in the world. 🌍


Himalayan pink salt is harvested from the Khewra Mine. It is believed that it was formed millions of years ago from the evaporation of ancient bodies of water. Just like table salt, Himalayan pink salt is composed of sodium chloride. However, the natural harvesting process allows Himalayan pink salt to possess many other minerals and trace elements not found in regular table salt. This is the main difference between these two salts. 🌿


Some people believe that it contains up to 84 different minerals and trace elements. It provides a small amount of calcium, potassium, and magnesium as well. This means it is slightly lower in sodium than table salt. For instance, table salt contains 97% to 99.9% sodium chloride, while Himalayan pink salt contains only 87% sodium chloride. 🌟


🧂 Table Salt aka Regular Salt 🧂


The most common salt that we use in our homes is regular table salt. This salt is highly refined, meaning that it is finely ground, and most of its impurities and trace minerals are removed. The main problem with finely ground salt is that it can clump together. Various substances called anti-caking agents are added so that it flows freely. 🌟


Table salt is almost pure sodium chloride containing 97% or higher, but it contains iodine in many countries. The addition of iodine to table salt is the result of successful public health measures to prevent iodine deficiency, which is common in many parts of the world. Iodine deficiency is a leading cause of hypothyroidism, intellectual disability, and various other health problems in children today. 🐟🥛


If you choose not to eat regular iodine-enriched table salt, make sure you are eating other high-iodine foods like fish, dairy, eggs, and seaweed. Table salt is mainly mined from underground. It is more heavily processed to eliminate minerals and mostly contains an additive to prevent clumping. Most table salt also has iodine, an essential nutrient that helps maintain a healthy thyroid. 🍽️


Ordinary table salt is finely ground, and most of its trace minerals and impurities have been removed before it is packaged for store shelves. Because it is so finely milled, table salt has a different texture in food compared to more coarsely-ground salts like sea salt and Himalayan pink salt. 🌿


🌊 Sea Salt 🌊


Sea salt is made by evaporating seawater. Like table salt, it mostly contains sodium chloride depending on its source and how it was processed. It usually contains various trace minerals such as potassium, iron, and zinc. The darker the sea salt, the higher its concentration of impurities and trace nutrients. Due to ocean pollution, sea salt can also harbor trace amounts of heavy metals like lead and microscopic plastic waste. 🌍


Sea salt, like regular refined salt, is often ground. If you sprinkle it on your food after cooking, it has a different mouthfeel and causes a more pronounced flavor burst than refined salt. The trace minerals found in sea salt can also affect its taste, but this varies significantly between brands. 🌿


The main difference between sea salt and table salt is their taste, texture, and processing. Sea salt is produced through the evaporation of ocean water and water from saltwater lakes, usually with little processing. Depending on the water source, it will leave behind individual traces of minerals and elements. The crystals add flavor and color to sea salt, which also comes in various coarseness levels. 🌊🧂


Sea salt and table salt have the same underlying nutritional value, even though sea salt is often promoted as healthier. Both sea salt and table salt contain a lot of sodium by weight.



 

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