Himalayan salt: the whole truth about the pink Himalayan salt

The pink Himalayan salt is a natural product that has had great success in recent years and has become the rage especially among people attentive to their health. But is all that glitters really gold? There are those who consider this Himalayan salt particularly rich in properties and benefits and those who, on the other hand, criticize it, categorically calling it “a hoax”.

Let’s start with the alleged benefits of Himalaya salt . According to admirers, the Hymalaian salt would be very different from the common cooking salt, which is essentially made up of sodium chloride. Pink salt, on the other hand, would be pure, very old, free of toxins and polluting substances that can contaminate, instead, the types of salt that come from seas and oceans.

Pink salt in the Himalayas is also known as “white gold”. In fact, it would be a precious resource. It is very rich in mineral salts, which are completely absent in cooking salt. It contains more than 80, among which we find above all iron. The characteristic pink color is due both to the high presence of this mineral and to the fact that this special variety of salt is not subjected to any bleaching treatment.

Pink salt is not refined, it is not treated with any chemical process and it is uncontaminated: when extracted it is pure just like when it was deposited in the soil thousands of years before.

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  • What are the alleged health benefits?
  • What are the uses?
    • Himalayan salt lamps
  • Where to find Himalayan pink salt?
  • What are the disadvantages?
  • Is Himalayan pink salt a hoax?

What are the alleged health benefits?

First of all, the use of Himalayan pink salt, in place of the common cooking salt, would limit the risk of water retention and hypertension, since its sodium chloride content is significantly reduced. Furthermore, our intestines would absorb it less.

There are also other benefits that can derive from the food use of Himalayan pink salt:

  • Control of the water levelsin the body and their regulation in order to guarantee its correct functioning.
  • Promote a stable pH balanceat the cell level, including the brain.
  • Help reduce the common signs of aging.
  • Promote an improvement in the absorptioncapacity of the nutrients present in food along the intestine.
  • Support breathingand circulation .
  • Reduce cramps
  • Increase the strength of the bones.
  • Promote kidney healthcompared to the use of common cooking salt.
  • Promote betterand regular sleep .
  • Offer extra natural help from the point of view of sexual desire.

What are the uses?

Pink salt is not just a condiment . There are in fact some interesting alternative uses of Himalayan pink salt that go outside the food sector: the preparation of a skin scrub, its use for a hot bath and for the reduction of joint pain and the creation of a saline solution suitable for disinfecting the oral cavity in case of sore throat and cold. In this regard, read also: Himalayan pink salt: health and energy in a crystal .

To find out how to best use Himalayan pink salt , follow the expert’s advice in this video :

Himalayan salt lamps

There are also Himalayan salt lamps on the market, objects that are not only decorative but also useful to illuminate the house and, according to some theories, to remove some moisture from the rooms thanks to the action of the salt with which they are made. Last but not least, they are lamps capable of creating a soft and relaxing atmosphere, perfect for combining sleep.

Where to find Himalayan pink salt?

Pink Himalayan salt is now also quite easily found in the supermarket, next to common cooking salt or spices. In addition, you can buy it in organic products stores, in herbalists, in some fair trade shops and on the internet. You can find both coarse Himalayan pink salt and fine Himalayan pink salt for sale .

What are the disadvantages?

Unfortunately, pink Himalayan salt is certainly not a zero kilometer product . The extraction areas are very far from us. It is in fact the natural salt mines found in Pakistan.

It is certainly a good idea to evaluate the area of ​​origin of the food we buy, but it is also important to know that a normal package of Himalayan pink salt lasts much longer than the common cooking salt; very little is needed to give each dish that extra touch of taste.

However, some doubts remain regarding its extraction. Pink salt would be carried on the shoulder, in heavy bags, especially by women, for kilometers and kilometers, to the processing areas. The increased demand for the product would have contributed to making working conditions even more severe. It is also feared that its reckless extraction may destroy a real natural heritage. Not to mention the pollution associated with its transport from East to West.

Is Himalayan pink salt a hoax?

Several experts in the last period have intervened defining this so fashionable product simply a hoax. Among them is the well-known chemist Dario Bressanini who writes in his blog that there is no evidence that this salt has particular properties and that although some doctors and nutritionists enhance its alleged properties, these have never been confirmed by scientific research. On the contrary, it is exactly the opposite: the scientific articles show how the Himalayan salt is substantially identical to that of the kitchen with additional disadvantages, the presence of Cadmium and Nickel.

Bressanini also reminds us that in 2003 the Bavarian Office for Health and Food Safety analyzed 15 samples of this salt concluding that there is no trace of the 84 elements that lovers of this product boast so much to promote its health compared to most common cooking salt.

Recently the nutritionist and researcher of Crea, Andrea Ghiselli, also spoke on the subject , defining this salt ” a social phenomenon but without beneficial properties “. According to the expert, pink salt has no beneficial properties for health, it is impure and costs twice as much as sea salt.

As he stated :

“This salt owes its coloring to the impurities of some minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium and above all to iron oxide substances that are not present in quantities such as to bring any benefit”.

Another problem with pink salt is the absence of iodine (instead it is mistakenly inserted among the oligo elements that should contain this salt). We know that the right intake of this substance helps our metabolism and the correct functioning of the thyroid (that’s why it is often added to traditional salt).

Other aspects, known and advertised, related to the pink salt trade would also be completely misleading. According to the US magazine The Altantic , it is not harvested by hand as it is often written on the packaging, but with special machinery.

Even more serious, it would not be extracted from the Himalaya , from which it takes its name, but from the Kewhra mine, in the “Salt range” in Pakistan, 300 km south of the highest mountain range in the world. Among other things, the sustainability of this product is also contested.

In fact, the increase in demand for pink salt all over the world has only worsened the conditions of those who work in the mines. In addition to too many hours of work (among other things often not in order) and very low wages, there is also the fact that the miners risk their lives (in 2011 a collapse resulted in the death of 7 people and 4 others are died in 2014).

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