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What are the benefits of pink Himalayan salt?

Posted 02 December 2016

Himalayan Crystal salt has quickly gained steam as a new health fad. What are the benefits? Here’s the sceptical view….

If you’re one of the workers in a salt mine, the benefits are obvious. You get a paycheck. If you are a store that sells pink Himalayan salt, you make handsome profits.

Superstitious people who believe malarkey like “Himalayan salt is more like your blood” or “Himalayan salt is more natural” will pay huge amounts of money for it, resulting in profit margins anywhere from 15 times to 25 times higher than for regular salt.

If you’re a person who eats salt, there are no benefits. None. Zip. Zero.

In fact, Himalayan salt is arguably less healthy for you, because it contains trace impurities that are extremely toxic, including radioactive substances like uranium, radium, and thorium and trace amounts of extremely poisonous elements like thallium.

The amounts of these things are small enough that it probably isn’t a health risk, but the superstitious wankers who blab about the health benefits of Himalayan salt also say things like “there is no such thing as a safe dose of a toxin”, so if that’s true, stay away from Himalayan salt.

Source, comment from the article following: http://www.foodstuffsa.co.za/news-stuff/weird-whacky-and-wonderful-stuff/4704-what-are-the-benefits-of-pink-himalayan-salt

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What are the benefits of pink himalayan salt?

Gabe Kapler, Player Development for the LA Dodgers & write a strength development blog.

This mystical “Himalayan salt” is a rock salt mined in the Khewra Salt Mine, the second-largest salt mine in the world, located in Khewra, Jhelum District in Punjab, Pakistan. The salt sometimes boasts a pink color. Luckily, I didn’t have to head to Pakistan to get it; it’s readily available at Whole Foods. They sell the stuff for 88.78 cents/ounce. The generic “fine sea salt” comes in at 3.74 cents per ounce. For 22x the price, I’m expecting this salt to send my squats through the roof. I can assure you, it does not.

I couldn’t discern any taste difference, either. I tried my regular eggs with both Himalayan salt and my regular sea salt, but found no taste variation.  So what gives? Is there a different nutritional profile? I found some information that made me giggle. Here are a few of my favorites from natural-salt-lamps.com:

Himalayan salt is profoundly amazing. It is 200 Million plus years old and has been nurtured by earth energy and pressure over this time. This ancient sea salt has been alchemized over millions of years into a special energized crystalline form in a process analogous to how coal gradually becomes a diamond. The 84 minerals in this salt are in an ionic form which is molecular instead of colloidal like regular sea salt. It is therefore more easily absorbable and much more use-able by our bodies than any sea salt. Sea salt because of its relatively large size is difficult for the body to digest and use whereas ionic Himalayan salt is molecular and virtually no digestion is required.

Profoundly amazing. I should spend more on it because it’s smaller and easier to digest? Hmmm. I can buy it in both coarse and fine ground form, just like sea salt. I don’t think these grandiose claims are quite enough. I need some science. I found a study so scientific that the results are undeniable.

Many sensitive people feel the energy from the salt immediately upon drinking a glass of the water with sole added – I find this is true for at least 1 of 10 people who sample it when I am present. See how you feel after drinking it!

Whoa. Conclusive.

Lest you think that this entire post is going to be busting on Himalayan salt, it’s not. There are some positives. If nothing else, it has minerals. From livestrong.com:

Himalayan salt is said to contain 84 minerals that are good for your health. However, not all of the ingredients in Himalayan salt are technically minerals; some, such as hydrogen and oxygen, are elements but not minerals. Spectral analyses done on Himalayan salt show that it contains both macrominerals, such as calcium and chloride, as well as trace minerals including iron and zinc.

It seems to generally be a quality product. Additionally, because of the structure, Himalayan salt can be bought in large slabs and used for cooking or unique presentations. You won’t find blocks of sea salt in your local gourmet store.

I think there is some value at the margins for Himalayan salt. A very, very small amount of value. This is a good time for a reminder. Whenever a product has lots of bold claims around it, look for equally bold proof.

Read additional comments at the website: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-benefits-of-pink-himalayan-salt

For example:

Dimitra Triantafyllidou, Work in a food analysis lab. Cook for a family of five.

If you’re selling it it’s great, if you’re buying, sorry people, but you’re paying way more than you should for just salt. Himalayan salt is 94-98% sodium chloride. I analyzed samples myself twice (I work in a food analysis lab) and the salt concentration was 99,7%. I also got a look at the analyses that went with it. Nothing much there except for iron (i.e. rust).

During analysis I got “close and personal” with it. My personal and professional assessment is: there is no aroma, the flavor is (surprise!) salty, and it dissolves just like salt. In fact the samples dissolved a little more slowly, they were biggish crystals.

Furthermore, there is absolutely NO difference in digestibility or similarity to the minerals in your blood. Salt is very soluble in water. The moment you add it to water (e.g. in your stomach) it dissociates into ions (the “molecular bond in common salt” comment I read in one of the answers almost cost me my eyesight), no matter if it was mined in the Himalayas or not. Because it’s in this ionic state IT IS NOT DIGESTED (for crying out loud, only macromolecules, like proteins are digested), it is absorbed straight into blood.

The good news is there is nothing there that is harmful either. We had it analyzed and there were no heavy metals (which is what you are looking for in that kind of sample). So only your wallet is suffering.

P.S. If the name didn’t give it away, I’m Greek and I live and work in Greece. The fact that people in our current economic situation will actually spend money for Himalayan salt (in a land surrounded by sea) just makes me want to pull my hair out.   It’s proof that gullibility is mow a world wide epidemic.

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