Pink Himalayan Salt
Himalayan pink salt (HCG) has been used by people in Asian countries for thousands of years. It is used in many countries around the world for various purposes including cookery and as a natural alternative to table salt. Popular with the elderly, it is also known for its properties to help with various health conditions including hypertension, diabetes, eczema, heart disease, and kidney stones. Today, it is used to improve the taste and nutritive value of foods and it is sometimes used as an alternative to regular table salt.
Pink Himalayan salt is pink in colour because of minerals found in the mineral veins located near the high mountain peaks of the Himalayan Mountains. The salt is mined from the village of Nagpur, located in the Punjab province of India. The salt, which tends to have a pinkish colour because of trace minerals, has long been used as a popular food additive by those who need a lot of sodium, such as vegetarians and the elderly. In fact, it is used more commonly in cooking than any other type of salt. It can be used to flavor desserts, like ice cream and sorbet, as well as in salt mixes to add taste and texture to common table salt.
Despite its popularity as an alternative to table salt, there is still some controversy as to the actual amount of sodium found in the pink Himalayan salt. This controversy has been fueled largely by the fact that the FDA does not regulate commercial products; only the US Food and Drug Administration allows manufacturers to claim their products as containing a certain minimum level of sodium. While the FDA considers sodium to be a necessary element in our diet, they believe that the amount present in most commercial table salt is safe for human consumption. They also state that the level of sodium present in Himalayan salt is far below the levels required for human consumption and that the presence of trace minerals enhance the health benefits of the salt. On the other hand, the FDA states that they cannot determine whether or not the salt has any affect on an individual’s health.
One of the most prevalent issues with Himalayan salt is the lack of trace minerals. All salts contain some level of magnesium, calcium, and potassium, but most salts do not contain significant amounts of sodium, phosphorus, or iodine. While these minerals are essential to the human body, in very small amounts they have little impact on a person’s health. High levels of these minerals in a person can lead to health problems such as osteoporosis.
One way to increase the amount of magnesium, calcium, and potassium present in your diet is to add sea salt to your diet. Sea salt contains a wide range of trace minerals, including sodium chloride. Unfortunately, pink Himalayan salt does not contain any trace minerals other than sodium chloride, making it the same as table salt. While table salt does not contribute to the formation of cancer, sodium chloride increases the risk of various diseases, including heart disease and strokes.
In conclusion, both regular table salt and pink Himalayan salt contribute to poor health. Regular salt intake promotes cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers. On the other hand, Himalayan salt has no proven effects on health. Therefore, it is wise to avoid salts derived from salt lamps and opt for sea salt for regular table salt intake.