Pink salt is a relative newcomer to the world of seasoning and cooking. It was actually considered a luxury in many parts of the world until it was included in the New Age menu in the 1970s. It had only been in the United States that cooks and consumers realized the wonderful flavour of this Himalayan salt. Today it can be found almost everywhere, from supermarkets to health food stores and even on the packets of crackers and popcorn that you buy at your favourite restaurants.
Himalayan pink salt is also known as pink table salt. It is sea salt mined primarily in the Punjab area of Pakistan. The salt, which by virtue of its pinkish colour is used mostly for food presentation and even as a food seasoning, is also being used for cooking, lamps, body exfoliating products and even for spa treatment. This salt comes from the Himalayan sea or Luffa River, a sub-tropical mountain range that lies between the Indian and Pakistani Himalayas.
Himalayan pink salt is mined mostly from areas that are relatively higher in elevation than the surrounding atmosphere. In addition, the salt contains a lot of iron and manganese. It is used for a variety of applications and there are many varieties from which to choose. The most common ones are used for cooking, like salt sprinkles and hot dogs, and as a deodorant for those who suffer from a smelly stinky back.
There are some interesting chemical constituents of the pink himalayan salt that contribute to its varied uses. One of them is called tannic acid. It is an aromatic sulphur compound that contributes to the flavour and aroma of the product. It is formed due to the chemical reaction between iron and sulphur (remember the old antifungal remedies of the 19th century?). It is known to have a number of health benefits, including the treatment of some types of cancer.
The popularity of using this type of Himalayan pink salt has led to the cultivation of a number of varieties. Although the taste can vary depending on the region from where it was harvested, some common varieties can be found in almost all parts of the world. Some of the most popular varieties include, Regular table salt or table rock salt, natural, pink, and glistening. These are the salts that you find in stores across the country. Each one is chemically similar to regular table salt; however, the amount of sodium contained varies.
Consuming too much of the regular table salt can actually result in health complications, while pink salt has very little sodium content and is not carcinogenic in any way. Studies indicate that it lowers blood pressure and increases the level of sodium in the blood. Many people who have lower blood pressure and increased blood volume consume it for the effects it has on their kidneys, as well.
However, not everybody agrees with the claims that pink salt contains health benefits. Some say that not only does it lack the typical salty taste, but it also contains small amounts of heavy metals that can cause negative side effects. For example, one study indicated that children who consumed regular table salt were at a greater risk of becoming obese.
This lack of sodium per teaspoon makes the pink salt's health benefits seem all the more appealing. It is said to help increase energy levels, promote better concentration, and increase stamina. Its crystal form is also credited with aiding in weight loss because it reduces appetite. Some people even believe that it can help reverse some types of cancer and prevent other diseases. If these claims prove true, it will be interesting to see how many varieties of table salt are left on the market.